The call-ups for Thompson and Duncan Bell in the front row are a good shout by Johnno but I can't help but think he has missed a trick by not including a younger player and blooding them, someone like Jon Golding instead of David Barnes? Though I concede that Barnes is a great professional and will add experience to a depleted squad.
Great call on Courtney Lawes... well deserved inclusion and also Richard Blaze, though George Skivington must be a bit disappointed and I would hope that if fit, Shawsy will be brought back in for the latter games. I am though, a tad confused by the omission of Dan Ward-Smith who has had a storming start to the season????
In the backs... no complaints except for Wigglesworth??????? Where did that come from???? Surely Joe Simpson was the obvious choice being as he has been in sparkling form this season, is the form player in that position with Hodgson and would have frightened the life out of the Aussies coming off the bench?
Overall an A- for a strong selection in trying times Johnno!!!