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Rees Six Nations blow for England

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England and Wasps flanker Tom Rees

England and Wasps flanker Tom Rees will miss at least the majority of the Six Nations because of a knee injury.

Scans have confirmed the 24-year-old suffered a moderate tear of the medial knee ligament during Sunday's 24-18 Premiership win over Harlequins.

Rees will begin a period of extensive rehabilitation at Wasps.

Rees is not expected to return for a minimum of two months, ruling him out of England's matches against Italy, Wales and Ireland.

England face France on 15 March, while their last Six Nations game of 2009 is against Scotland on 21 March.

Meanwhile, Steffon Armitage and Lewis Moody have both been named as potential additions to Martin Johnson's EPS squad.

What do you think the news means for England?

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posted Jan 7, 2009

Lewis Moody is NOT the man for the 7 slot, as I have explained above, this is 2009 not 2003...

To say he is the best kick chaser is hardly an attribute to make him first choice 7 for the 6N, ridiculous...

Watch the Guiness Premiership and not re-runs of the world cup final to find your team!!!

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posted Jan 7, 2009

Rees would definitely have been in the squad and probably the match day 22. However, there's loads of other options in the backrow so I don't see it as a big problem.

The real issue, as stated by myself and others before, is the front five. Sheridan and Stevens are decent props, but the rest of the front five are either aging fast (Vickery, Shaw and Kay), mediocre (Mears, Payne, Borthwick and Palmer) or untested (Hartley and Kennedy). Sorting this area out is the number 1 priority for the 6N. England are nothing without a strong pack.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

agree with offamerica.

everyone seems to continually fuss about the back row, when to be honest it has been our main strength in the past year. we have at least 3 players in each position from 6 to 8 that could perform for england, so its just a matter of picking on form, and coaching them effectively to work as a unit.

MJ and the management desperately need to address the front five if we are to make real progress.

the front row was okish in the AI's but could have been a lot better. particularly in the lineout. their work in the loose was good, mears in particular. scrums were nowhere near good enough. stevens was shown up on a couple of occasions, and sheridan was not at his best.

vickery is on fire at the moment, and has what it takes to lead england from the front. we need leaders in every department. sheridan will always be a handful and should keep his place. stevens must prove that he is better than vickery.

mears will keep his starting spot as a reliable lineout thrower and a tricky customer in broken play. but hartley is the future at hooker and must be gradually brought in off the bench. he must improve his lineout though.

the second row was quite frankly awful. line outs were a plus point but neither borthwick, palmer or shaw played with the required intensity to be an international lock. i think both palmer and shaw need to be dropped from the EPS, with two form enforcers coming in: kay and short. kennedy is currently our best second row, but borthwick is still captain so he has to start, alongside either kay or short.

starting front five:

1.sheridan
2.mears
3.vickery
4.short
5.borthwick

16.stevens
17.hartley
18.kennedy

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comment by xpat73 (U1677334)

posted Jan 7, 2009

I don't particularly rate Rees. It appears that he has bulked up massively in the gym...but it appears that his frame is too small for the amount of muscle he has put on. When you saw George Smith start for Australia in 2000 it was obvious that he was world class and something special. I wouldn't say the same about Rees. He is a good solid club player, nothing more. I think Lipman is a better all round 7 for England.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

thomasedward89...

Some very good points. The issue I have with you is 2nd row. Kennedy must start, it's who you pair with him is the question. Borthwick should not be in the 1st 15 for th 6N.

Moody 6, Lipman 7 & Easter 8. Haskell on the bench.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

The Pack should be:

1.Sheridan
2.Hartley
3.Vickery
4.Croft
5.Kennedy
6.Haskell
7.Lipman
8.Easter

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posted Jan 7, 2009

1. Stevens
2. Mears
3. Sheridan
4. Crane
5. Borthwick
6. Croft
7. S. Armitage
8. Narraway

It may not be conventional and there may be a number of contentious issues in there, but I believe it has the required speed and dynamism. Obviously Crane in the Second Row may seem a bit unusual but England do lack a bit of grunt in there and he seems to be developing an offloading game that would fit in well with Mears and Stevens. 7 and 8 could easily be changed with Rees and Easter (and in fact a few other options).

Another thing, anybody think that Banahan could be included to cover wing AND second row positions (played there for LI didnít he)? Donít know if he now lacks the ability to do this but he could provide a useful option.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

Obviously that should read Lipman rather than Rees.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

Erm...quite clearly his absence not the biggest blow to the side, although it's quite hard now to really pinpoint anyone who would be sorely missed seeing as no one has played outstandingly for a sustained period of time. I would however like to see Armitage given his chance in the England side.

This is slight off topic but I don't agree with anyone that thinks Hartley should start for England...yet! If you watch Northampton you will see, as many have already pointed out, that his throws in the lineouts are not precise enough. This coupled with his hot-headedness (which is still there) leaves with someone who is quite frankly not ready to start at an international level.

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posted Jan 7, 2009

rees will be missed by england and very missed by wasps. hes been our best player this season and although betsen was great against quins i don't know whether he can do that every game considering his age.
however with england lipman is adequate cover and armitage can will probably be ok there. i think we have to play
6. Haskell
7. Lipman
8. Easter
and for the second row, its just crazy. borthwick shouldn't be captain because he is not one of our better locks and because of the captaincy has to play. i think we should play kennedy and an experienced player, like shaw or someone.

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