'Humble' England more dangerous, reveals Eoin Reddan
ENGLISH head coach Stuart Lancaster's serving of humble pie has been good for England; bad for everyone else, according to Eoin Reddan.
"I think he has instilled a much more humble, down-to-earth approach, which is not great for every other team in the Six Nations because it's probably better when they are getting ahead of themselves," said the scrum-half.
There is a fine line between confidence and cockiness and the over-boiling of arrogance. England have certainly rowed back on the latter in the time of Lancaster.
Although Reddan can vie for a place on the bench behind Conor Murray at best, he does have a wealth of knowledge and direct experience of playing with and against some of England's more vocal customers.
"There are one or two lads I've played against a fair bit, Ben Youngs and James Haskell.
"They have a different mentality in the dressing room," he said.
"They are quite confident and bullish about the games they are going to play and it's a different mentality to what we have in an Irish dressing room.
"It works. It's just a difference in nations and what works for each person.
"I'd say they will be coming here confident and rightly so after their first two weeks.
"From what I know of those boys, they like the big games. They see it as a massive opportunity to impress and show what they are made of."
Lancaster's strain of northern decency comes through in the common sense comments of his current out-half George Ford and the injured Owen Farrell, two sons of former rugby League internationals.
Reddan sees the outward appearance of a more mature Danny Cipriani, once the bad boy of the game, as the best example of how the culture of England has been transformed by Lancaster.
"You can even see that with the personalities in the squad. Danny, who I know well from Wasps, you can see how composed and humble and down to earth he is.
"He has grown up a lot and improved a lot in lots of things on and off the pitch and wouldn't be near that squad unless he deserved to be there and had the right attitude on and off the pitch.
"It just shows you the actions and behaviour Stuart Lancaster expects," added Reddan.