English Rugby Sees Promising Times Ahead

Sean KellyAnalyst IJuly 14, 2008

It's usually pretty easy to get pessimistic about England's chances when it comes to rugby. Well, it has been since their last taste of glory that was the 2003 World Cup.

Yet, things for me are looking good when it comes to future glory.

It may seem pretty random just to declare my hopes for England's future, but the hope has been kick started by the appointment of Brian Smith as attack coach.

The 41-year-old aussie has today been appointed to the new look coaching squad. Martin Johnson has been rather persistent about adding Smith to his coaching team, as the ex-London Irish coach has transformed the exiles into one of the most exciting attacking sides in the Guinness Premiership.

"The appointment of Brian is great news for England as we look forward to the increased time we have with the players under the new agreement with Premier Rugby.

"Brian is a top attack coach and I'm sure he will be a real asset to us. His appointment finalises the senior coaching team for next season," said Johnson.

Along with the Smith appointment, Martin Johnson is also adamant about adopting a new code of conduct following the shenanigans that apparently occurred on England's latest tour to New Zealand.

It's good to see Johnson putting a firm foot down and telling the players how it's going to be. I imagine he will run his squad in a way similar to how he captained the World Cup winning squad. And one thing we know is that when Martin Johnson speaks, people listen.

Even if the latest tour to New Zealand was a shambles, there are positives we can look to.

Firstly, the back row played amazing throughout both tests. The combination of James Haskell, Tom Rees, and Luke Narraway is definitely one to keep for England. I would even like to see the next captain come from one of these young men (personally, I would choose James Haskell).

Topsy Ojo's debut was impressive seeing as he didn't have much to do, but when he was gifted a chance he took it. No matter what happened off the pitch I would include him in my future squads.

Danny Care was exactly what England needed in the second test, a bit of a live wire at the rucks. I hope to see him and Harry Ellis battle it out for the nine jersey for future tests.

And concerning other players not used in the tests for whatever reasons, one player sticks out in my mind to lead future England squads to glory. That man is Danny Cipriani.

The young Wasps' talisman showed in his international debut that he has what it takes to perform on the international stage, and I hope he has what it takes to take on the big southern hemisphere guns.

So in my opinion, us English fans have a lot to look forward to, be it the new attack coach expressing his views through exciting play, or just watching the young players growing into the legends they look capable of becoming.