Sir Clive Woodward backs England to clinch 2019 World Cup

Sir Clive Woodward has backed England to win the World Cup
Sir Clive Woodward has backed England to win the World Cup
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World Cup winning former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has backed the red rose team to go on to win the mega event in 2019 World Cup in Japan.

England came into the Six Nations 2017 tournament with 14 consecutive wins, which has now increased to 16 with their wins over France and Wales in the tournament.

Under head coach Eddie Jones, England also clinched the Grand Slam for the first time in 13 years during last year's Six Nations and also registered victories over Argentina, South Africa, Australia and Wales but they did get chance to lock horns with back-to-back World Champions New Zealand.

"Saturday night at the Principality Stadium was the performance and win that convinced me that England under Eddie Jones have it in them to kick on and arrive in Japan in 2019 as the world's number-one ranked team and favourites to win rugby's biggest prize.

"From this point on opposition teams will be obsessing on how to beat England just as much as how to defeat New Zealand," wrote Woodward on his column in the Daily Mail.

"There was always a good chance England would respond positively to the disappointment of the last World Cup and a new coach normally has a galvanising effect but they are now accelerating way beyond that.

"This is a team who always find a way to win - Grand Slams, Test matches in Australia, playing poorly against France, and now at a frenzied Cardiff in a truly great game of rugby.

"That's not to say England were perfect against Wales, far from it. Wales dominated large periods but increasingly I am impressed by England's coolness under fire and how key players are making the right decisions and big plays under pressure. England are doing lots of little things well under extreme pressure.

"That's what I mean by the tipping point. How little things can make a big difference. That's precisely where England are now.

"England, as they did against France, kept their cool under pressure and produced the goods in the final 10 minutes, when so many Test matches are decided."

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