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England thrash Japan 52-17 in Tokyo rugby union test

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Hats off to coach Borthwick and his Red Roses. Marcus Smith is a livewire at fly-half. A comprehensive win that appears to have been almost like a training run. So much for Eddie's "theory" that Japanese summer conditions would give the Brave Blossoms an advantage.

Hate to harp on it, but I'm convinced that Jones is yesterdays hero.

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Sayonara,Eddie!

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First game with a new squad and everyone's writing Eddie off? Mostly the Aussies who can't see the real problems back home with Rugby Australia. Hopefully the Aussies will be coming back strong soon but RA needed the no nonsense kick in the arse from Eddie, with NRL wiping the floor with Union back there and RA not fulfilling their promises. It's a shambles and not because of Eddie. Dave Rennie new it too. He must be so happy to be out of there. Still wish Schmidt good luck, hopefully he will turn it around and RA will pull their fingers out and get the investment in it needs.

Japan were OK for a first game under a new era against an ascendant world cup semi finalists. The 12 year old full back looks like he's a phenom and will be sensational over the next few years. Building for 2027. Loving the speed and the ability to break tackles in a blitz defence. I think Eddie will have them on a good track over the next 24 months. They need good international game time.

Still England too good right now. Hoping they demolish the All Blacks but that's a big test. I think they're up for it. Ewels should be on the next plane home. 3 game ban? That idiot has form. Can't keep his head straight at the top level. He's a liability. Rest of them were good. Thought Maro was quiet but he's a big game player so we will see against NZ. Marcus terrific.. even the professional foul interesting. Initially I was nonplussed with Borthers, but he's growing on me now. Theo and Roebuck and the young guys looking exciting.

Thought Warner Dearns was great too... Big hands... And before anyone says it he's lived in Japan since age 9, went to normal Japanese school and speaks better Japanese than English... Bit like Leachy.

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First game with a new squad and everyone's writing Eddie off?

200 caps between them vs 700 odd in the English team… never gonna be easy. I do still think Eddie’s past his prime though.

Still England too good right now. Hoping they demolish the All Blacks but that's a big test.

Oh man I hope not. Hoping the ABs really have found something special with Razor.

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Thought Warner Dearns was great too... Big hands... And before anyone says it he's lived in Japan since age 9, went to normal Japanese school and speaks better Japanese than English... Bit like Leachy.

Someone’ll be along shortly, I’m sure of it.

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I am sure that Japan will be back in form for the World Cup as they always seem to be. Just like the Soccer World Cup. They peak at the right time.

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Keep fighting Japan..

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Keep fighting, Japan.

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