CREW PREMIER; ENGLAND RBS SIX NATIONS V FRANCE TODAY, KICK-OFF 5PM Hartley: This Year's Team Is Much Better Than 2012 Vintage That Won in Paris

The Mirror (London, England), February 23, 2013 | Go to article overview

CREW PREMIER; ENGLAND RBS SIX NATIONS V FRANCE TODAY, KICK-OFF 5PM Hartley: This Year's Team Is Much Better Than 2012 Vintage That Won in Paris


Byline: ALEX SPINK Rugby Correspondent alex.spink@trinitymirror.com

DYLAN HARTLEY returns to the Twickenham battlefield today, warning France: "We're so much better than we were last year."

England's firebrand hooker also insists there is no chance of the Red Rose pack being given a French lesson in scrummaging as they were famously in 2010.

"I can't see that happening again," Hartley said yesterday. "Not this weekend, not with the team we've got now."

His words were not meant to wound or provoke - like many of the verbal bullets which have pockmarked this fixture down the years.

Nonetheless they will be seized upon by a France squad desperate to find anything to fire up their hapless campaign.

Hartley, recalled to the No.2 jersey worn for so long by Brian 'scourge of the French' Moore, revealed how he and Owen Farrell had got in the mood for 'Le Crunch' by watching a re-run of last year's game.

The match was played in Paris, where England had won only twice in Six Nations history - and favourites France were put to the sword by Stuart Lancaster's fledgling side.

Hartley said: "We watched the game over a cup of tea and said to each other, 'We're so much better than we were then'.

"We weren't a good team last year, what we had was a drive and a collective determination that they were not going to beat us.

"The detail wasn't in place as to how to run and shape moves, and all these pretty things. We're now a much slicker outfit, unrecognisable from then. If we can marry that same mentality to the detail and attacking shape we've been working on over the last six months, we can definitely get a result."

This time the odds clearly favour England, unbeaten leaders of the championship and the only side still able to complete a Grand Slam. They have beaten France in five of their last six championship meetings and Les Bleus have to go back half-a-dozen games for their last Six Nations win against anyone - their longest winless streak since 1958.

The French are under orders from boss Philippe Saint-Andre to be "brave, daring and unpredictable" and to "take the fight to them".

But that could be a risky tactic if history is any judge. Remember Paris in 1992 when France got in the mood by fighting and crying in the changing room before kick-off - then had two players sent off and lost?

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

CREW PREMIER; ENGLAND RBS SIX NATIONS V FRANCE TODAY, KICK-OFF 5PM Hartley: This Year's Team Is Much Better Than 2012 Vintage That Won in Paris
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.