England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England’s Rugby World Cup Decision

While the beginning of the 2023 Six Nations campaign is only a couple of weeks away, the debate is already started to turn towards the Rugby World Cup later this year. The Rugby World Cup tournament in France can be one of the most thrilling in quite some time. There is no clear favourite now, though several top-quality players will take part.

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England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England's Rugby World Cup Decision
England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England’s Rugby World Cup Decision

Ireland is amongst that group. They are now ranked as the number-one squad in the world and have been hugely impressive over the last two years. However, the scars of the Rugby World Cups past ensure that there will always be doubts about the team’s capability to perform on the biggest stage. They have also been handed a rather tough draw, with France or New Zealand set to await them in the matches if they can defeat South Africa and Scotland in their pool.

Heading into his first Rugby World Cup as head coach, it will be fascinating to see what approach Andy Farrell takes to making his squad in the months ahead. Seeing Ireland’s record in recent Rugby World Cups, a change in attitude to their pre-tournament buildup should surely be deemed. In the past, Ireland head coaches have given several players and chance to impress before the final team is named, with warmup games often including a mix of first-choice and fringe team members.

Rory Best thinks Andy Farrell should consider replicating Eddie Jones’s method in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. On that occasion, the England Rugby head coach named his team for the tournament almost a full month before the deadline for submissions. As a result, he was able to work with a smaller group and fine-tune his squad ahead of the tournament in Japan. England Rugby team would go on to reach the final.

Speaking ahead of the start of the Six Nations, Best thought such an attitude could well benefit Ireland in 2023: I would say he maybe has a good idea what his 23 is, maybe his first choice 25. You look ahead to the Rugby World Cup; you’re always grabbing hold of what we did not do well plenty, and I think Ireland has been a little bit unlucky. In 2011, we perhaps underrated and didn’t prepare correctly for Wales. In 2015 with the injuries, we were just a bit unfortunate, and in 2019 we underrated Japan.

England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England's Rugby World Cup Decision
England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England’s Rugby World Cup Decision

You’re always looking at what could be several and maybe this time around I think we’re maybe a little bit embarrassed by giving squad numbers, up to 38, 39, 40 game time, just because you feel you must because they’re concerned. Looking back to the England Rugby team at the last Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones named his squad so early wanted he had to play that group of players together. It’s nearly like we use the first summer series game as an ‘ah sure, we’ll give those guys a go so even though they’ll never make the plane’. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers Rugby World Cup tickets for the France Rugby World Cup 2023 at the best prices. Rugby fans can buy England Rugby World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

Can Andy go, Well I now really do know who my 36 players are and unless anyone shows me something significantly different, they’re the ones that are going to play. We will have guys going there with three games of varying minutes under their belts and we’re going to be game ready for the Rugby World Cup. There are a couple of matches that they should win leading into that, so you must influence that. But I think he’ll be sure that he knows, injury aside, what the bulk of his team is going to be. It will be curious to see what road Andy Farrell goes down this summer, but for now, he will be aiming solely at the upcoming Six Nations campaign.

England Vs Argentina: Argentina’s Gonzalo Bertranou to miss rest of Dragons season.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury in the closing stages of the 29-14 United Rugby Championship defeat to the Bulls on January 6. Bertranou has already gone under the knife and will not play again for the Rodney Parade club this season. The Dragons’ final game is against the Scarlets at Judgement Day on April 22 unless they make it to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup to extend the campaign.

England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England's Rugby World Cup Decision
England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England’s Rugby World Cup Decision

He made his Argentina debut in 2021 and has been a standout performer for the Pumas throughout the 2022 Rugby Championship which saw him finish the tournament as the second-highest try scorer. He was also part of the Argentina squad that registered their first win over England at Twickenham Stadium in 13 years.

The procedure has been considered a success and there are no concerns about the injury impacting his Rugby World Cup hopes with Argentina. Bertranou will target a summer return to the Rugby Championship before France 2023, where Argentina will lock horns with the England Rugby team, Japan, Samoa, and Chile in the group stages the following month. The injury is a huge blow for the Dragons, who are down to two senior scrum halves Lewis Jones and Rhodri Williams with youngster Che Hope as their backup.

Bertranou indicated in February 2021 and has made 28 appearances, striking with his high-tempo approach. Wales scrum-half Williams has enjoyed the duel for the 9 jerseys and is back in the mix for Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash with the Lions in Newport (kick-off 1 pm) after missing the last three matches with a concussion. Jones has largely been the third choice since arriving from Cardiff last season, although he made one of his best displays for the club in the 21-15 win at Pau last Friday.

England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England's Rugby World Cup Decision
England Vs Argentina: Rory Best Feels Farrell Should Replicate England’s Rugby World Cup Decision

Hope, 20, made his Dragons debut against the Lions in the URC in November and scored a try off the bench. For now, the news is good for back-row forward Ollie Griffiths after he was pushed off against Pau last week. The 27-year-old from Newbridge hurt a pectoral muscle injury in the first half in France. It was just his second beginning of the season after back and calf troubles and the once-capped Wales forward faces another spell on the sidelines.

Though an operation is not needed, and he should be back for the Dragons’ run-in after the Six Nations period. Wales tight head Leon Brown will make his first beginning of the season as a substitute against the Lions. The prop has not played since April after a brace issue that needed a neck operation, but he has still been named in Warren Gatland’s squad for the Six Nations. The Dragons name their squad to face the Lions at midday on Friday.

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