Ross Karl, along with hooker James Parsons and halfback Bryn Hall discuss the strength of England rugby on the Aotearoa Rugby Pod, focusing specifically on Owen Farrell, as well as Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola & Kyle Sinckler. They say England look set to dominate world rugby for years to come.
“His ability and his management of his game is so exceptional and as a forward, I would look back at him and say ‘Thanks mate’,” Parsons says.
“‘Because I’m rolling up my sleeves for you, and you’re rewarding me. You’re constantly putting the ball in front of me. You’re constantly giving me green jerseys to run back at me when we’re set and we’re formed and we can make these tackles.'”
Hall also touched on how the Northern Hemisphere game has changed.
“I think this is where Northern Hemisphere rugby has got so much better. They have the ability to play as well. If you think back about the past, they’d be really forward-oriented, they’d kick their penalties, but now, where their game is going now, they’re actually able to play.
“They’ve got phase play shape, they can kick cross-field kicks, attacking kicks… So they’ve actually just got the best of both worlds.”
He says that they now have the complete game.
“When you’ve got a team who can defend well, kick well, and then you can play well, I just think the progression of Northern Hemisphere rugby, especially England – I think that’s why the All Blacks when we played them, it’s so much harder because we talk about triple threats around run, pass kick – they’ve got the ability to do that and they’re brutal when it comes to defence and winning that break down battle, defence and on attack.”
You can watch the discussion below: