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Choices, Choices??

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I think most of us could pick the majority of the Welsh Squad for next weekends encounter, but there are a few areas where Gatland and Co will have to have a long hard think...

Partner for AWJ - JT, Gough or Charteris seem most likely candidates?
Scrum Half - You could make a case for all 3
Centre Partner for Roberts - Hook, JD or Bishop

I would like Gough to have had some game time, but sadly its not really happened. I think JT has added a bit of dog to his game recently and whilst I have argued against it on here before, I think I would rather see JT than Charteris play against England.

At Scrum Half I hope that Cooper isn't picked. I actually think Rees has played better for the Blues and whilst Roberts has had a pretty good season for the Scarlets, I think Rees's more aggresive style would help tie in the England back row a little more.

Finally, if Byrne is freed to play, then Hook must be Roberts centre partner, but if not then Bishop should be given a chance to show what he can do with Roberts after the Roberts/Davies partnership failed to ignite in the autumn.

Thoughts??

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posted Jan 31, 2010

supadragoneye.

What has his decision to either stay or leave the Ospreys, got to do with him(Hook)actualy starting or being on the bench, got to do with anything?doh

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posted Jan 31, 2010

freeaneasy

Please tell me when i have said that i hope the Williams Hook and Byrne are all off the field so England have a chnce?

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posted Jan 31, 2010

Um do u want to read ur last post again?
I dont know what ur job is but im sure ud be happy going to work each day not knowing if you were teaching Maths, English, Science or PE.??

headhurts

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posted Jan 31, 2010

Err-every day!!!

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posted Jan 31, 2010

maj, it's called humour/sarcasm. He's making fun of you because you're always on about Shane Williams and commenting on Wales articles. HOD, think I agree with you on this one. Great article, 5 stars.

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posted Jan 31, 2010

Can tell which one out of that list u are!!!

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posted Feb 1, 2010

Scrum half is the biggest call i feel.

Charteris or JT, either would do nicely however i'd prefer Gough on the bench to add a bit of muscle to the pack late on.

Centers are easy. Roberts/Hook if Byrne plays Roberts/Bishop otherwise. Bishop or J. Davies on the bench.

I have mild concerns about Halfpenny at the moment, would Tom James be a better option perhaps? Although then we do lose the long range kicking option.

So back to scrum half.
JUST NOT GARETH COOPER! PLEASE!!
There really would be no justification in picking him!
Rees and Roberts have both been playing well and i'd be happy with either, i'm slightly leaning towards Roberts just because him and SJ are used to playing together.

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posted Feb 1, 2010

Okay I've said it before the front row picks itself. I'd go with Gough as AWJ's partner but that seems unlikely, a big thumbs down in allowing the Ospreys to have 3 NZ playes in their back row mix forcing JT to 2nd row and robbing Gough of game time, and leaving 6 a problem position. Personally I'd have JT at 6 with Powell on the bench! Martyn and Ryan will play. The backs are pretty much obvious SJ at 10, Roberts at 12/13, Shane at 11 are certs so is Byrne if he wins his appeal. Hook is likely to play, preferable at 12, which leaves 14, I still prefer 1/2penny ove James and 9. The question I have is why is Cooper in the squad if he isn't going to be in the 22? I have a bad feeling, given his form or rather total lack of it, that he'll play at some point. Personally I'd go safety first and pick an all Scarlets half back partnership. As for subs Williams (G), James (I'd prefer Lewis-Roberts), Powell, Warburton (if JT plays at 6) or Charterais, Rees, James, Bishop. My heart tells me we've got a better team but my head worries about the lack of match fitness of Adam, Matthew, Gough and Shane. I still don't know if Charterais is up to it, forget Australia and Italy there were two extremes for me one good one bad, he just doesn't dominate for me and it's time to step up to the plate if he's ever going to make it as a top international 2nd row.

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posted Feb 1, 2010

15. Roberts
14. Halfpenny
13. Bishop
12: Hook
11. James
10. Jones
9. Rees

8. Jones
7. Williams
6. Powell
5. Alun Wyn Joens
4. Bradley Davies
3. Gethin
2. Gareth Williams
1. Adam Jones

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posted Feb 1, 2010

Sad to say, its not very often I agree with something Guscott says. (Despite the fact that he seems set on turning himself into a born again Serge Blanco. Toooo many corporate lunches methinks) But Wales have the talent the skills and the flair, so it can only be the mentality that has been missing. Every time of late they have won a grand slam, they come out the next season and play as if they think everyone is going to roll over and give up. I prefer to watch the welsh clubs more than the English, but far too often the team on paper doesn't play to its potential. Ospreys particularly are a classic example. So Saturday could be fun, I hope from an English viewpoint that Byrne plays, they have coverage but not in the same class. Many of the backs have not really shone this season.
But if England want to win, they should win against the best the Welsh can offer. At Twickenham they should, no question, but even if they do I'm not yet convinced that this management/coaching team can bring anything exciting to the park.

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