England aim to have tightest defence at World Cup

Brad Barritt

Saracens centre Brad Barrit has revealed that England’s plan for the Rugby
World Cup is a suffocating defence that strangles the life out of their opponents.

England have a new defensive plan and they want to have the meanest defence
in the tournament starving their opposition on points starting with Fiji on

“We’ve made a goal for ourselves at this World Cup to be the best
defensive team in the world, ” Barritt told the Mirror.

“We want to be the most physical team, and be a team that has an offence
and defence that causes opponents to make errors, and to get opportunities off
the back of that. “

Much of England’s backline defence will be managed by Barritt who has been
a rock in England’s backline but one that rarely makes the headlines.

England have erected a steel wall around their training pitch at Pennyhill
Park in Surrey in order to keep out prying eyes that can report back to the

“Our defence can be a massive weapon, by forcing them into errors, ”
added Barritt.

“Fiji are a team that will chance their arm, so if we are on it with
our defence we know opportunities for try-scoring will come as a result.

“It is a defence that is prepared for everything but we want to get results
off the back of it. The whole point of defence is to get the ball back. “

There is a lot of logic in England’s strategy as the winners of six of the
seven World Cups so far have also been ranked in top-two defensively.

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