Here are the latest rugby headlines for Sunday March 5.

England and Lions legend criticizes Wales players

English great Fran Cotton believes the performance from Wales’s interiors in last weekend’s 20-10 loss to England was the worst he had ever seen in a Welsh shirt.

Cotton, 76, is the only Lion to win a Test series in South Africa as a player and coach.

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Warren Gatland made nine changes for England’s visit to Cardiff last time out, opting for Owen Williams at the opener, his namesake Tomos at No. 9, with young duo Joe Hawkins and Mason Grady at No. 12 and No. 13 respectively.

Cotton told The Rugby Paper: “The insides they played against England last week were the worst I’ve ever seen in a Wales shirt. There was no lack of effort, there was no lack of pride in the shirt but there was a total lack of quality and experience.

“I can’t see them beating Italy next weekend. Until Warren Gatland sorts out their internal defences, it will be an ongoing fight…”

Wales next face Italy in the Six Nations, with Gatland’s men traveling to Rome in the fourth round looking to avoid the wooden spoon.


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