Ex-Lions coach launches attack ahead of opening RBS Six Nations clash.
Former Scotland international has criticised England ahead of the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham, claiming they are “not being as good as they think they are”.
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Telfer, a hard taskmaster who was Lions coach in 1983 and McGeechan’s deputy during the victorious 1997 Lions tour of South Africa, says he has been unimpressed with England, although it may be no coincidence his broadside came just days ahead of England and Scotland’s 2013 Six Nations opener at Twickenham on Saturday.
“England are not as good as they think they are,” Telfer told Tuesday’s Daily Mail. “They were really up for it against New Zealand, very physical against a tired team.
“If they had played another five times, the All Blacks would have won them all,” he added.
“You have to retain perspective. In their favour is the coaching team of Stuart Lancaster, Graham Rowntree (forwards coach) and Andy Farrell (backs coach). All from the North (of England) and all down to earth.
“They will not let that victory go to their heads.”
However, Telfer could not resist a swipe at England’s players, traditionally characterised as ‘arrogant’ by their Celtic rivals.
“The players are a different matter, people like Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi,” insisted Telfer.
“They are young, very impressionable and they think what they read is all true. There are the makings of a good squad, but it is not good at the moment.
“Like the English football team, a couple of wins and they think they are world-beaters.”
Telfer added: “Unless they are careful they will end up playing in a very English way. The way Saracens play. Pretty boring. The Northampton way. Boring.
“It is all about forward domination, and the irony is that England have some bloody good backs,” added Telfer in a rare word of praise for the auld enemy.
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