Jonny Wilkinson: Eddie intends to attack

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson believes that Chris Ashton has been selected as part of an attacking gameplan for England this weekend, and he expects to see England taking the game to New Zealand.

Jonny is sharing unique insights and opinions on Alexa, with a new ‘O2 Wear the Rose’ skill, offering rugby fans inside info from the England camp, his thoughts on the team line-up and pre and post-match thoughts on each game, exclusively to those who enable the skill.

He said in his preview for the All Blacks this weekend that Ashton brings a “very, very prominent attacking mindset to a team that has been very solid and sturdy over the past few years. This is a great opportunity to see someone that’s going to be sniffing out opportunities…rather than just looking to maintain the status quo.”

Wilkinson also believes that England will benefit from the experience of those players involved in the Lions Tour last year, where they beat New Zealand in Wellington and drew the 3-match series.

“There’s a real strength in having guys like Itoje, Kruis, Farrell and Ben Te’o in there, who have seen what can be done against New Zealand on the Lions Tour… It will be interesting to see how they lead.”

O2’s Wear the Rose is the first-ever rugby-related Alexa skill and you should give it a try to hear the full preview, as well as match reaction after the game. All you have to do, if you have an Alexa device, is enable the ‘O2 Wear the Rose’ skill – say “Open Wear the Rose” and it will launch into the experience.

Here’s a little trailer with Jonny:

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  1. To beat the All Blacks in 12 months time Eddie will need to take England’s attack to the next level. Assuming southern hemisphere-esque conditions in Japan, England will need an attack at least as good as NZ and they have a year to find and develop it.
    Eddie is finally targeting some of the cream of the crop from English club rugby for his future attack. Marchant, Cokanasiga, Earle and Tuilagi were all part of the greater training squad before the Ist AI. This bodes well as a repeat of Saturday’s northern pestilential weather cannot be relied upon to guarantee an England forwards grindathon in Japan. The Aussie attack coach Scott Wisemantell is here to stay and after seeing the fruits of his labour on the South Africa tour bear fruit, the prospects are finally looking good.

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