Former Scotland coach Telfer slams ‘Boring’ England

Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions coach Jim Telfer has slammed England for “not being as good as they think they are” after they ended the All Blacks 20 match unbeaten run with a 38-21 victory at Twickenham.


Telfer was British and Irish Lions coach in 1983 and Sir Ian McGeechan’s assistant in 1997 and says that he was unimpressed with England’s peformance against New Zealand.


Telfer’s comments come just days before England and Scotland’s 2013 Six Nations opener at Twickenham on Saturday.


“England are not as good as they think they are,” Telfer told the Daily Mail. “They were really up for it against New Zealand, very physical against a tired team.


“If they had played another five times, the All Blacks would have won them all,” he added.


“You have to retain perspective. In their favour is the coaching team of Stuart Lancaster, Graham Rowntree (forwards coach) and Andy Farrell (backs coach). All from the North (of England) and all down to earth.


“They will not let that victory go to their heads.”


However, Telfer could not resist a swipe at England’s players, traditionally characterised as ‘arrogant’ by their Celtic rivals.


“The players are a different matter, people like Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi,” insisted Telfer.


“They are young, very impressionable and they think what they read is all true. There are the makings of a good squad, but it is not good at the moment.


“Like the English football team, a couple of wins and they think they are world-beaters.”


Telfer added: “Unless they are careful they will end up playing in a very English way. The way Saracens play. Pretty boring. The Northampton way. Boring.”


“It is all about forward domination, and the irony is that England have some bloody good backs,” added Telfer in a rare word of praise for the auld enemy.


Meanwhile the RFU management board will on Wednesday receive a five-month review co-authored by McGeechan on the state of England’s game.


The report was commissioned following the fall-out from England’s disastrous 2011 World Cup campaign in New Zealand


It was overseen by former McGeechan and Peter Keen, the man whose work as UK Sport performance director helped lay the platform for Britain’s 19 golds at the Beijing Olympics and 29 in London last year.

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