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Caretaker Stuart Lancaster should stick with the overalls and the mop

England Rugby Union

"What this game needs to get it going," Big Ron Atkinson growled during a particularly sterile encounter in the 1996 European Championship, "is for two of the big lads to clatter into each other." Big Ron was always a man who relished a hearty collision of masculine bodies, chuckling gleefully as brick-faced defenders' elbows crunched into the jaws of jinking wingers and gurgling with delight at the sort of wrecking-ball tackle he dubbed "a reducer" – a phrase that seemed to have sprung straight out of a Mickey Spillane novel, as at times did Big Ron himself.