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Mick Cleary

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Mick Cleary, who was Daily Telegraph rugby correspondent ( 1997-2021), was also a sports feature writer for The Observer ( 1988-1997). Cleary has covered eight Rugby World Cups as well as seven Lions tours. He was written several books on those tournaments and tours as well as worked with Jeremy Guscott on his autobiography. Cleary has also had extensive experience of other sports including tennis at Wimbledon, cycling at the Tour de France and golf at The Open. Cricket, athletics , horse racing and F1 also feature on his CV.

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True Farrell has had to cede the captain’s armband. He won’t give the bloody kicking tee away !

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

Good appraisal AJP Billy V right back to his best. Had been way off the pace. Be interesting to see if can reproduce it at test level

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

Ha Yes, remember once bumping into Campo who asked me if we were related. Think he was an item at the time with my namesake’s daughter (?)

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

Thanks Machooka Covid has messed with so much and so many that reliable form is out of the window. This next six months will give us a much more reliable indicator, starting in Auckland on Saturday.

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

That’s a fingers crossed hope CS As mentioned, England turned it round quickly in 2018 to RWC 2019 They’re low on confidence at moment and short of power in midfield.

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

Think even Eddie realises that he needs to deliver the knockout blows on the field ( or his team does) rather than pre-match these days

ANALYSIS: England are running on empty when it comes to steel-edged confidence and street snarl

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