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Ireland’ll be the winners if England keeps Johnson

It is clear that the Irish rugby team is not playing to its full potential, otherwise it would surely have beaten England by more than four points on Saturday.

For this must be the most limited English rugby team ever to take to the field — a herd of lumbering oxen in the forwards and shepherded by Jonny Wilkinson, the David Beckham of international rugby.

Wilkinson is a one trick pony — he can kick — but, unfortunately for England, not terribly well any more.

The English have all the imagination of the Italians when it comes to rugby, simply trying to out-muscle other teams. What a disgrace for a country with such immense rugby resources at its fingertips.

Ireland scored three tries to England’s one and deserved their victory but, given that England offer so little real threat, the winning margin should have been greater.

After all, unlike when playing the French, there is no longer any fear or inferiority factor involved.

We have beaten England practically every year in recent times and will continue to do so as long as Martin Johnson continues in charge.

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We wish him a lengthy tenure of office.