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Catt Named As Farrell Replacement

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by LionsPride (U1688444) 05 October 2007
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Catt is confirmed as inside centre for England against Australia.

news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rug...


He is alongside Tait- so lightweight or not, we have a team capable of spreading the play wide, and someone to offer a right footed kick aswell as Jonny's left.

It could work- Catt was nothing short of marvellous alongside Wilko when he was under pressure v Wales- he will need to be just as composed again.

Our kicking will now play a big part of our game- so Catt and Wilko will need to be accurate.

Over to the forwards now to bring us the possesson...

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posted Oct 5, 2007

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Only 1 thing to say to all those doubting thomases:
"There is always hope..."

Doubting thomases? Is not Wales out of the cup?

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comment by Oleg29 (U8562176)

posted Oct 5, 2007

"Remind me how many times Zinzan Brooke lifted the Webb Ellis tophy?"

Don't know, but quality punditry can't be beaten - predicting NZ, Australia, SA, and Argentina to win - who'd've thought it? :o/

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posted Oct 5, 2007

"Rob Andrew kept Barnes out of the England team because he was a reliable kicker who fitted in with the up-the-jumper playing style at the time."

At the time? Haven't we always shoved the ball up our jumpers? Any sport we (the English) play is played to percentages because any natural skill is coached out of us and we're not allowed to use our brains. Up the jumper in rugby, long ball in football, obsessive adherence to strict technique in cricket...etc etc. No suprise to see Mr. Rob 'percentages' Andrew to be the head of English rugby now. Unless a drastic change in sporting philosophy occurs in this country, we will never get anywhere.

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comment by duxbuc (U7278519)

posted Oct 5, 2007

to win with a last minute drop goal -- sweet.
anyone but arrogant aussies to win this world cup.
send the gobbie aussies home.

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posted Oct 5, 2007

With what he has available I think that Catty is the best option at 12. He had a poor game against SA because the delivery from the back row and Perry was abysmal and even the best in the world would have struggled with that. Catty is also better at 12 than 10. I would play Hipkiss ahead of Tait.

Having said that, I think that Brian Ashton missed a trick in not picking a fit again Mike Tindall when Flood was brought in to replace Jamie Noon.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Yes Ashton has gone into this game with a good side but to be honest his back three i think is all wrong for this game your goin to need power, pace and hard tackling:


1) Sheridan
2) Regan
3) Vickery
Now this front three is proberly Englands strongest front row making up of 51 stone in all that is muscle front row.

4) Shaw
5) Kay
This conbination is the strongest out of every other one because these two have played almost every match together so they know how each other works and having Kay snading at 6'5 and Shaw at 6'7 they should be giants in the line out.

6) Worsley
8) Dallaglio
7) Rees
Now i have gone for a different back row to Ashton because i think this back three will bring much more to the game than his back three. Now Rees is proberly one of the best number 7's in the world with pace and power Worsley is a great tackler along with Dallaglio them two could make a great conbination.

That forward pack will dominate the Aussies pack.
And the Wilkinson Catty combination will work wonders i believe just a great as the 2003 Final.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

ZZB just has to be the most insipid web-wag in sport. His commentary is boring, his logic clotted, and his phraseology both adolescent and antedilluvian. How can he face himself after submitting such hamstrung claptrap? Having lived in NZ for many years, I can say there are some very articulate and incisive writers and commentators across the board. ZZB is an embarrassment to his fellow Kiwi journos. I take it back -- He's not a journalist, just a gravy-trainer showing that he's hanging on from past glories. Get a real life, ZZB. A sportswriter you ain't.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

Still think Farrell is rubbish and we really missed him today didnt we .... interesting that Wigan have recovered in RL since he left too

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posted Oct 6, 2007

hey zinzan how close will australia be to new zealand on the queue for the flight home

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comment by Johnny (U8046813)

posted Oct 7, 2007

Iīm delighted to see both England and France win,itīs brillaint for European rugby. As an Irishman Iīm totally gutted. So much promise but little delivered. Since my mum is Scottish Iīm hoping Aregentina donīt give me a double whammy but I think itīs going to happen but I do hope Scotland can do the job.

My favs for the championship was NZ but I wasnīt totally surprised with France beating NZ but England result did shock me. To win the world cup? Hmmm,one must fancy France now I think. Mind you, SA are looking good and Argentina,like Fiji, are proving to be the fairytales and it be fantastic if a fairytale did happen. Personally,I hope Scotland but itīs not going to happen. Overall, what a great world cup as rugby needs this to make it more global.

I live in Seville,not exactly heartland of rugby, and I saw teenagers with there teacher playing rugby in the school soccer pitch. You see, the word is getting out!

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