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England have arrived at the World Cup with a statement win that shows the way they must play the game from here on. People will say, don’t get carried away, it was only Chile, but England fans are entitled to get carried away because the win showed we do have the players to play this way and if we keep hoofing the ball away we can’t play that way. England played beautifully.

This was a massive night for England, not just because we beat Chile by 71 points, but the way we did it. It was about speed from lineouts, speed of ball, speed from rucking and running teams off their feet. If you are trying to be the best team in the world that is how to do it.

It was the first time I can remember for a long time we have got a team playing with some real pace and real risk. If you ask, can you imagine playing this way against South Africa, Ireland or France, the answer is unequivocally yes. If you have got the coaching and the mind-set to do it, you can, and this was a massive step forward.

This is the first time Steve Borthwick has coached a team to play like this and he would have learned a huge amount from last night in Lille. If you were a player, you would have loved playing in that match and the squad members on the sidelines would have been desperate to play in a game like that.

Henry Arundell (pictured) scored five tries during England's 71-0 victory against Chile

Henry Arundell (pictured) scored five tries during England's

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