England deliver Farrell’s warning to Australia

That England triumphed over Australia in Saturday’s rugby union Test match owed much to the players’ collective demonstration of what assistant coach Andy Farrell feels are the three qualities that separate great sides: “It’s the intent they have, their concentration for 80 minutes and their calmness under pressure” (Farrell targets autumn clean sweep and delivers warning to Australia, Guardian Sport, 2 November). These constitute mental toughness: confidence, constancy and control.

England’s victory showed that mental toughness not only separates the consistently great, such as the All Blacks (rugby union) and the Kangaroos (rugby league), but can distinguish between those on lower rungs of the rankings ladder.

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