England vs. Ireland (Six Nations, Feb. 10, 2013)

In various reports in The Times (February 11, 2013), Patrick Kidd (“dogged”, “calmness under pressure”), Mark Souster (“composure”, “discipline”, “collective purpose”), Simon Barnes (“commitment”, “conviction”, “belief”, “moral cohesiveness”, “certainty”), and Owen Slot (“tests of character”, “refused to yield”, “self-belief”) each somehow avoided using the most obvious – and appropriate – adjective to describe the England rugby union team’s performance in Dublin: mentally tough. The talent is a given. But it was mental toughness that, ultimately, got England the victory.

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