I wrote his book and he has been a good mate for quite some time but I have to admit there was a period during Saturday evening that I thought I might start hating John Mitchell.

For it was during the Six Nations clash between England and Scotland at Twickenham that the reality dawned that there has been one major factor in making modern rugby less watchable that has been neglected in the ongoing analysis of the malaise: defence coaches. They’re the scourge of the game too. Just because they are so damn good...

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