Just heard the 'great' news that Mr Julian White has been called into the elite player squad - I really cannot believe this, when he walked out on the World Cup Squad he showed how committed he was to the England cause, he is a red card waiting to happen and only offers a strong scrummaging technique - in modern rugby this just isn't enough. Why has he been given another chance?
What signal is this sending to the GP young props out there? Why not Mullan, Dicksen (Newcastle) or Corbesiero (if that's how you spell it) - I really dont want to see White lining up for England again, we're meant to be moving towards an open and expansive style of play, not going back to the good old days when we could keep it tight and get the big lads mauling it up the touchline. This is such a backwards step and I am really disappointed with this call.
I cannot help but feel that Matt Stevens has let us down to some degree - he is a professional sportsman and an England international - that brings with it a great deal of honour, respect and expectation to be a role model. Recreational drugs in sport there is no place for, there are not any excuses and it is just a complete shock that of all the players who have got banned it would be Stevens, he seemed a complete professional.
Hopefully the counseling or admitting it publicly will help him but this will more than likely signal the end of his England career - luckily we have Julian White to help us!