Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robinson's on Brink as Corry Slams England for Dire Defeat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robinson's on Brink as Corry Slams England for Dire Defeat

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

Losing against Ireland could signal end to the coach's regime, writes Chris Jones

MARTIN CORRY surveyed the wreckage of England's failed Six Nations title bid in Paris and admitted: "We can never have a performance like that again."

The manner of England's humbling 31-6 beating by France - their worst championship defeat for 20 years - casts serious doubts over the management's ability to mount a successful World Cup defence next year.

It also makes next Saturday's clash with title-chasing Ireland at Twickenham a game England cannot afford to lose after successive defeats by Scotland and France.

The heady days of victory over Wales at the start of the campaign are already a distant memory and England's future looks bleak unless they can prove this dreadful performance really was out of character.

Corry said: "Victory against Ireland won't win us anything in terms of the championship but what it will do is allow us to put a lot of wrongs right.

"Nobody wants to be associated with a poor performance like that and we have to cop it. Hopefully, the pain will fade. After the way we played against Wales and in parts in Italy, we know we can turn it on.

"With the World Cup 18 months away we have to show we can never have a performance like that again.

We will have to let the emotion die down and then talk as a group this week because it's too raw at the moment.

"We know we can be a bloody good side but we can also be a pretty poor team.

The Ireland game is now unbelievably huge and regardless of what's happened there was going to be a large amount of pressure at Twickenham. We have to win, and win well.

"However, it's hard to think about Ireland because we have to get this out of our system. We pinned everything on winning the Six Nations and that's gone. We are a proud bunch of guys and have to show that at Twickenham on Saturday. If we have anything about us, then that's what we have to achieve. …

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