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Haag on the Six Nations

Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Martin Haag gave his thoughts on the Six Nations during a media session at the club's Lady Bay training base on Tuesday (4th February).

England Vs France

The former England lock managed to watch the thrilling 26-24 match played out between England and France while enjoying some well deserved family time after Nottingham's excellent 15-3 victory against London Scottish.

Commenting on the match, he said, "The Six Nations was good.  Certainly with England, I was very pleased with the way they played.  I thought in the first half; unfortunately they got out muscled a bit.  Up front France were very hot.  But to change it round in the second half with the young team that they had, I thought they were superb and could've gone on and won it and when they look back they probably should have done.  But that's their learning curve.  If they come out and play like that this weekend I'm sure they'll get the victory and be on the upward curve again."

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster came in for some criticism regarding his substitutions during the match and Haag was asked his views on the subject.

He said, "I always look at my substitutions.  Sometimes there's a gut feeling that you're going to put somebody on.  At times there's a plan, but as with all plans, sometimes they change.  Someone may get injured; sometimes the person you were going to replace is playing really well.

"I don't know what's Stuart's plan was, I wouldn't want to comment, but for us, it's usually a case of making reactions depending on how the game's going.  You also have to look at the intensity of the Six Nations; they've got two big weeks followed by one week of rest, then two more big weeks.  A bit like us, not everyone can play all of the time.  The most important thing is that the person who comes on is ready to perform and help the team."


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