Back to basics

England need to silence critics, says Greenwood

Last Updated: 23/09/11 1:41pm

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Will Greenwood and Dewi Morris want England to be in the news for what they do on the field, not off it.

"It is a cause of irritation for them and they need to put in a big performance against Romania to stop these incessant questions"
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England captain Mike Tindall recently endured an uncomfortable inquisition about that night out in Queenstown before manager Martin Johnson stepped in to try and stop the line of questioning.

Johnson reacted protectively to questions from Sky Sports News reporter Phil Edward's, insisting that they have put the whole 'night out' issue to bed.

Edwards was adamant that the fans still deserved to hear some explanation from Tindall, however, Greenwood cannot believe that the media are still going on about it.

"I am still unsure why people are still speaking about it," Greenwood told The Rugby Club.

"I have never seen Mike Tindall that angry. He just can't understand why it is still going on.

"But he's beginning to understand the power of the media and what they can do when they get their hooks into you.

"As players they will be getting on with things. It is a non-event and it's time to move on.

"It is a cause of irritation for them and they need to put in a big performance against Romania to stop these incessant questions."

Discipline is key

Dewi Morris is more concerned about what is happening on the field and says that England have got to do something about their penalty count.

England have the worst disciplinary record in the tournament with 26 penalties and two yellow cards.

"Let's take rugby off the front page and back to the back pages where it belongs," said Morris.

"The biggest problem is the penalty count and they have to sort it out. They have had a lot of meetings about it. I like meetings and talking about it, but, personally, I would not wash my laundry in public - certain players have done that."

"These players are coached to do a certain job and they need to take responsibility for that. If you are on the line defensively and you go over that line then the ref will ping you.

"England need to take some responsibility and get back to basics. Once they have done that, then they can concentrate on getting quick ball - something we can only dream of at the moment.

"Once we have got that, the likes of Chris Ashton, Ben Foden and Mark Cueto will have something to run onto."

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