As we’ve passed the halfway mark in this year’s Six Nations, it’s time to reflect on England’s first three tests under new boss Steve Borthwick.
The appointment came after a poor autumn showing from England where coach Eddie Jones was subsequently sacked.
England lost their first game under Borthwick, falling to a 23-29 defeat against rivals Scotland at Twickenham.
They have since recorded a 31-14 win over Italy, followed by a 20-10 victory against Wales in Cardiff.
England’s autumn campaign saw defeats against Argentina and world champions South Africa which ramped huge pressure on the shoulders of the Australian coach.
However, a late fight back saw England salvage a draw against rugby heavyweights New Zealand.
The only win came against Jones’ former team, Japan,
The writing was arguably on the wall for Jones, for many fans.
The Rugby World Cup in September and October is the landmark of the rugby calendar with every team targeting success.
England reached the final in 2019 when they lost to South Africa in japan.
So this World Cup will provide a litmus test to discover where the team are at the start of Borthwick’s time in charge.
When asked to give their prediction on England’s chances at the tournament, England fan Harry Goddard said: “I think there are too many unknowns for England.
“They may struggle to even get out the pool. I reckon quarter finals is England’s ceiling.”
England supporters will hope that the team can progress and have a successful Six Nations campaign this year.
Over the next two weekends they face Ireland and France who both retain title ambitions.
This is final time Borthwick will see his side in competitive action before the Rugby World Cup.