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Andrew Sheridan

Brutal England show Johnson right signals

Make no mistake; this was no warm-up game. Well, technically it was, but it was ultimately one hell of a Test match. It had everything; a ferocious battle at the scrummage, car crash collisions all over the park and one or two moments of brilliance providing that creative spark we all wantedto see.

Tuilagi mixes mobility with the muscle

Ireland 9 England 20: Samoan-born centre has suddenly become England's bright hope for World Cup after lighting up the midfield with pace, power and another try

Johnson grapples with the perennial Moody question

At least Martin Johnson is in good company. Neither South Africa, winners of the World Cup in 2007, nor England, the runners-up four years ago, look in the best possible shape as they count down the days to the 2011 tournament.

Change of guard as Johnson strives to find the perfect fit

There was an amusing moment yesterday when Martin Johnson, the England manager, was heard to ask: "Who is to say what our strongest team might be?" In an instant, he had answered his own question. "I guess we are," he replied to himself, referring to the back-room group he has led for almost three and a half years. It was an illuminating episode. Johnson has made 13 changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's meeting with Wales in Cardiff and ended up with a combination every bit as well equipped as the one that prevailed over the same opposition at Twickenham six days ago.

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Wilkinson's transition is part of English evolution

This was always likely to be more primitive than post-modern, more grunt than grace. This was, after all, England v France, not the one-sided affair at Twickenham two weeks earlier that yielded eight tries against a porous Italy defence.