Members of England's victorious 2003 squad took to Twitter on Saturday night - and some were more scathing than others
Social media was ablaze on Saturday night with analysis, criticism and a fair bit of support for England’s rugby players. Unfortunately for the hosts, they were well and truly outplayed by a clinical Australia squad.
Twelve years ago England experienced different emotions after facing Australia at the World Cup in their own back yard – with Sir Clive Woodward’s boys lifting the Webb Ellis trophy in Sydney after beating the Wallabies 20-17.
A few of the members of that final squad took to Twitter to express their reactions to England crashing out of their home tournament at the first hurdle.
1. Jonny Wilkinson, he of that last-minute drop-goal fame, was very tactful in his analysis.
2. Will Greenwood is now backing Wales or Australia to lift the trophy.
3. Neil Back was a bit more expressive in his criticisms, and he may have a point.
4. Mike Tindall replied to a tweet from a fan claiming that referee Romain Poite cost England the game.
5. Australia outfoxed England over the 80 minutes, thanks to coach Michael Cheika’s gameplan – something that ITV analyst Ben Kay appreciated.
6. Matt Dawson, host of BBC Radio 5Live’s rugby phone-in show, admits he jumped the gun a bit when he called for Stuart Lancaster to be relieved of his duties.
7. And Iain Balshaw, who replaced Josh Lewsey in extra time in the final in 2003, summed up what pretty much all England fans were thinking.