To mark the opening of our new-look Jolly’s store in Bath, House of Fraser were delighted to welcome Phil Vickery MBE for a meet-and-greet session with fans.
As well as the refurbishment Jolly’s, Phil was officially announcing the launch of his clothing range, Raging Bull, in the store. If you’re in the Bath area, be sure to pay a visit!
Of course, you can also shop Raging Bull online right here.
We caught up with Phil to get his take on England vs. South Africa.
After all the shopping is finished on a Saturday there is nothing better than sitting down to an afternoon’s rugby. It was another passionate game at Twickenham with England once again putting in a gut-wrenching performance. The atmosphere was great and the crowd supportive, with one of the loudest renditions of God Save the Queen I have heard.
Sadly we came up short again. South Africa are the toughest of opponents and their performance came off the back of a disappointing performance in Ireland. However, England also had a disappointment last week against the All Blacks and I had backed them to come out all guns blazing to secure the win over the Springboks.
The England half backs both had mixed games which meant the team struggled to get any fluency. In the first half, we played a lot of rugby in midfield without actually threatening the Springbok try line. We perhaps could have kicked a bit more to try and get behind the South African defence.
I liked some of the forward work and it was great to see solid set pieces even when the young replacement props came on in the second half. As an ex-prop myself, I loved the rumbling drives, especially when half the team piled in to push it over the line for a try.
It’s hard to know where Stuart Lancaster can go next with this team as injuries keep upsetting his selection plans. Unlike our team in 2002-03, the line-up keeps changing personnel so they have not had a chance to gel.” — Phil Vickery MBE.