Licensed to thrill
Dewi Morris says it has been a long twelve months but the jeers have finally turned into cheers at Twickenham.
Last Updated: 17/11/10 10:38am
How far England have come in twelve months! In my column last week I spoke about England's attitude in defeat where they were beaten but not unbowed. This week they built on that and were terrific.
I remember a year ago when we played against Argentina where I was pitch side. The players were getting abuse and Martin Johnson was getting abuse by the crowd because they were not playing any rugby.
The frustration from the players that day was obvious - it seemed they could talk it but they were not allowed to express themselves. That has totally changed and they are totally unrecognisable from the side that was booed 12 months ago.
They have got a licence to thrill now; it is like James Bond has taking over and told them to show us what they have got.
It all started from my old position with Ben Youngs who is going to get the credit for a brilliant display - he certainly deserves it but he need to keep his feet on the ground though. I know his father very well and that will happen. Youngs will get better and better.
Courtney Lawes and Tom Palmer were magnificent - in fact you can go on and on because everyone stood out for me. To a man they went out and embraced the new England. The giant has woken and long may they rise and grow.
It has been frustrating to see all the talent on display in the Premiership and in the Heineken Cup but never seeing it transform England - on Saturday we did! It was a stunning performance against a hell of a good Aussie side - they scored two blistering tries themselves but there was no panic from England and they had this aura of total belief.
All in all a phenomenal display from an England side that has showed potential in Sydney, showed bravery against the All Blacks and then showed incredible pace against the paciest attacking force in the Southern Hemisphere.
They have got to back that up against Samoa who will be strong a round the fringes. England will have to be brave and take them on at their own game. If they do that then there won't be any issues. England then take on South Africa the following week and England should be looking at a 3-1 win deficit in the autumn. That would be a fantastic springboard for them build on for the World Cup.