Falling short again

Being an England rugby fan is very like watching Arsenal, there’s some beautiful stuff along the way, and your hopes get painfully raised, but actually when it comes to the crunch they can’t quite manage to deliver. The England rugby team have improved massively under Stuart Lancaster. They’re calmer, more intelligent and less arrogant than they used to be, and this season they’ve played some really good rugby, but in a tight, tough battle with Ireland they weren’t quite good enough. They don’t fall apart like they used to in the old days, and the margins of error are tiny, but yet again they’ve lost when they might have won, and it’s very unlikely they’ll be champions.