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England v Barbarians: The View from Twickenham

“It felt like we were playing one-day cricket; score for score. In the first 20 minutes, we struggled to adjust to the speed of the game. We got a bit shocked by it. We adjusted well, got ourselves back into the game and played some good rugby. But then when we got fatigued in the last 20 minutes we made some crucial errors in execution and it ended up costing us the game.”
These were Eddie Jones’ initial thoughts when I asked him about his assessment of their Quilter Cup encounter with the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium. 
In the sweltering heat England and their opponents defied the conditions and played at a relentless pace. The intensity of the collisions had me wincing in the stands on numerous occasions and, with 15 tries put on the board, it’s safe to say that the 58,000 strong crowd watching in the stands saw more points than they had expected to. 
For some this annual fixture against the Barbarians isn’t cherished or loved however it certainly didn’t disappoint me. This year, l…

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