England rugby disharmony THEORY: Does pundit spot team orders to mask unity problems?
And one eagle-eyed pundit believes someone in the England camp is trying to orchestrate a public show of unity among the players.
England made hard work of Japan today but eventually got the job done.
They were trailing 15-10 at half time but eventually came into their own after the break.
Mark Wilson crossed over for the Red Rose on 58 minutes to fire his country in front.
And while England didn’t look back after that try, the incident exposed potential disharmony among the squad.
Former England international Danielle Waterman was commentating on the game for BBC 5 Live.
And she noticed how some members of the squad had to be told to celebrate Wilson’s dot down.
“What was interesting is as Wilson went over for the try, the closest England players went and celebrated,” Waterman said.
“Some started walking back to the halfway (line).
“And something was shouted.
“Because the boys who were going towards the halfway turned and went back and celebrated.
“Someone is pulling the strings in terms of ‘let’s get this team back together and perform as a unit’.”
England’s win will help soothe the hurt of last week’s 16-15 loss to New Zealand, where Eddie Jones’ team were at one stage 15-0 up.
England play Australia next week in the final autumn test before attention then turns towards the 2019 Six Nations.
Jones also has one eye on the World Cup in Japan next summer, where England will hope to do better than their efforts in 2015, when they failed to escape the group stage.
Indeed, Ugo Monye reckons Jones will have been concerned by England’s first-half display today.
“Who would have thought this would be the scoreline at half-time?” Monye said.
“The skill levels, the intensity and the imagination from this Japan side has been excellent.
“England have been so poor defensively, they haven’t won their one-on-one tackles and they’ve given away far to many penalties.
“Eddie Jones must use these these 15 minutes wisely as England need to come out much better for the second half.”