In the wake of England’s defeat against Australia which saw England exit the tournament, former Rugby union player Brian Moore offers his insight on England’s performance. Brian took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the critical game, remarking, “England RWC – no excuses from me. In the end, we simply were not good enough. Good Night, and Good Luck”. The former England hooker is available for booking through MN2S Talent Agency.
The critical match has had many former rugby players talking about England’s ability in the tournament which started on 28th September. Moore, who is also a Telegraph commentator, became very involved in discussions, using his columnist platform to advise the current team earlier last week, telling England to “Ignore your hearts and play with your heads”. In a pre-match analysis with TalkSport Moore went on to say, “England have the armoury and the players to beat Australia but they won’t do so if they keep getting pegged back by their own stupidity. They (Australia) won’t crumble. It will be a full-blooded game. England must have their heads on for 80 minutes because anything less will not do”.
The early exit is a big blow for former players like Moore who have come close to winning the Rugby World Cup previously. Moore played in the 1991 World Cup in which England came second to Australia and earned the title Rugby World Player of the Year in the same year. In a post-match analysis Moore was joined by fellow pundit and former teammate David Campese in which he commented on the sting of losing, remarking, “91, for a lot of England people it was pretty devastating. It was only partially made up for by knocking you out in ’95”. Moore was referring to the quarter-finals match in which England knocked out Australia 25-22 and advanced to the semi-finals to face New Zealand in Cape Town.
In his post-game analysis Moore also discussed the many differences between his World Cup experiences and those experienced by the current team, stating, “In the England team, maybe two or three had part-time jobs, the rest of us were completely full-time. New Zealand, France, South Africa, they all had time to train whenever they wanted, most of their players”.
England’s rugby manager Stuart Lancaster has come under fire for his chosen final squad list. Many retired players commented on the lack of experience on the current team, including Moore. More told The Telegraph in an interview that picking certain players was a gamble, explaining that “It’s a gamble in terms of organisation but it’s not a gamble in terms of size, I don’t think (Brad) Barritt will have any problem adapting to the role in defensive terms but it’s a more difficult place to play because you are pulled in and out with the wingers and the fullbacks”.
Outside of rugby Moore is also a qualified solicitor, having studied for his LLB Law degree at the University of Nottingham. Moore began his rugby career with Nottingham Rugby Club, and his professional playing career spanned over 8 years, ending in 1995 when he began commentary and presenting work. He was invited commentate on the 2011 Rugby World Cup for TalkSport.
Brian Moore is a prolific English rugby legend with extensive experience in playing against international teams. He is an avid speaker and a man of words, having given numerous speeches across the country. Brian is available for speaking engagements, corporate entertainment events and brand endorsements, and can be booked through London based celebrity agency MN2S.