re: the pitch. could it be going through a "rebuilding phase" or was it the groundskeepers who pre-conditioned it for whatever strengths they thought they had, mmmm?
If the inherent advantages of Rugby could be explained to the Germans then I am sure that they will set about it in their customary efficient manner. Do they want to create young men who are leaders and team builders? People who can think under pressure balancing a complex set of laws and demanding athleticism, personal skill and precision? Great young men who are a credit to themselves and their support network. And as others have put it above - for all shapes and sizes, we have a spot you can make your own.
Only the tragedy of professionalism to overcome but that is only for a select few. The vast majority of us never represented anything but our clubs but have made lifelong friends, with a core of self-belief that always warms us when we falter.
In conjunction with cricket, is not so much an English game but a carefully orchestrated method of training future men who will add to whatever circumstances their life takes them because it eases them into learning to be brave and becoming resourceful.
We rely on individual efforts rather than team organised raids which are still not on the radar. That feature is what separates the AB's from the rest but as you rightly observe it requires a higher standard of skill and execution. I hope they are disappointed with the lack of tries.
One feature is still the scrum. The determination to 'win' the scrum before the ball is fed is contrary to the laws and we still are waiting for the refs to call it. Losing possession on your five metre line might get their heads right. The hookers must strike to decide possession and anything that hinders that has no place on the pitch and will naturally result in fewer resets. Simple but seemingly impossible for those involved.