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Slapdash England suffer their own It’s a Royal Knockout humiliation

The Queen offered her goodwill message to Eddie Jones’s side but there was no goodwill from the Springboks

Anyone who cringes at the memory of It’s a Royal Knockout (is it only 32 years ago?) would know our oldest family do not always bless high-grade international sporting occasions with good karma. But, oh no. Her Majesty only went and chipped in with a goodwill message to Eddie Jones and the boys on the morning of their big day in Yokohama. When Thought For Today on Radio 4 invoked the spirit of muscular Christianity, the Book of Genesis and William Webb Ellis, suspicions of doom gathered. It was not going to be a good day for God and country.

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