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Squad Annouced For Wales Opener

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England have announced their squad for the Six Nations clash with Wales. The Squad includes the recall of Matthew Tait.

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Squad

1. Payne
2. Hartley
3. Wilson
4. Borthwick
5. Shaw
6. Haskell
7. Moody
8. Easter
9. Care
10. Wilkinson
11. Monye
12. Flutey
13. Tait
14. Cueto
15. Armitage

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posted Feb 3, 2010

Dundee David,

I'll remember that for saturday. That's quite a controversial comment to make! What does Banahan have to do to get on the bench? I think Banahan would make more impact off the bench that Foden would

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posted Feb 3, 2010

patrickhatrick,
are you seriously a rugby fan. banahan??? you want a guy who can only run in a straight line, who takes 50 metres to get up to full speed to be on the bench to make an impact?? compared to the likes of foden and ashton who have been in blistering form this year. give it a rest. im not saying either of these should start but i consider the fact that both these players have been in better form than monye, cueto, armitage and banahan this season.

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posted Feb 3, 2010

I don't doubt that in his current last minute try scoring form Ashton deserves at least a bench spot, but the selection of Foden I disagree with other than to be an injury cover to all the backs. This is not a very attacking ploy to go with. Banahan is a lot quicker than people might imagine, and after all it was Andy Robinson who converted him to wing who is now on the road to performing miracles up with the scots. I watch him play week in week out at Bath and although people have come to terms with his size now he still has great awareness and with his strength will always offer an offload - something I doubt could be said for any other wingers in the squad.

Being a winger isn't necessarily being a small squit who can dodge around like lightening but then just get boshed into touch like a fly...he puts a new dimension to the game and the team's attacking play. Ever heard of a tool called a cross-field kick? You need a big winger to take them, and we have Ug...except, wait, that's never gonna happen cos Monye can't catch as we all know. All I'm saying is that he can finish well and would be a good asset to use off the bench. And yes, by the way, I am a rugby fan.

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posted Feb 3, 2010

I agree I would have liked to see Ashton get a run out, but Johno is clealy trying to develop a settled side, whether this is a wise thing when you aren't winning I am not so sure.

As the game gets I am quite excited about the England back line running with the ball. I am also a little worried about Tate and Flutey coping with Roberts and Hook.

As an England fan I am naturally pessimistic about these things and I am concerned about Care's ability to boss his forwards and keep the game flowing, about wilkinson's ability to draw the best out of the three quarters and the english lineout.

However the selection here is positive and Johno clearly feels that Care, Wilkinson Borthwick are up to the challenge.

Come on England

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posted Feb 4, 2010

If Steve Borthwick is an international skipper, so am I (age 53). Lawes on one leg, Grewcock age about 42, and Kennedy are all far better second rows.

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posted Feb 4, 2010

"This is an England team that Wales can lunch huge holes into"

"For all those that want to see tries being scored, I think Wales will believe this is an ENGLAND team that will most likely oblige"

based on what? our woeful defence last 6n's?? or maybe the large number of tries wales have scored in recent internationals?? or maybe the huge margin of victory for wales playing at home last year???



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posted Feb 4, 2010

You have a point there. Borthwick is not a natural leader nor does he adapt to a gameplan that is losing his team the match - he has poor man management skills. I hope he remains as captain for the Wales v England game though. winkeye

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posted Feb 4, 2010

The way i see it, i have no faith in our front row which i fear could lose us the game, and )perhaps biased) would have had a lot more confidence in dan cole starting- he never collapses constantly, leading to penalties like i feel Payne and to a lesser extent Wilson will do.

Im also a bit unsure about Tait starting, i feel he may be a little lightweight to cope with the physicality of the welsh midfield. I know this may again may seem bias, but id have started hipkiss for this defence and ability to front-up against the on-coming ball carriers.

Given Ashtons form in the GPL i would have liked to have seen him start, not sure instead of who though.

Also, a shout for Ben Youngs to inject a bit of flair and pace..?

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posted Feb 4, 2010

Tom James in for Gethin Jenkins biggrin

Nice one !!! Gatland up to his usual tricks. applause

The man is a genius. Can anyone see why this is such a genius ploy?

Answers on a postcard to me at BBC, Teddington Lock, London NW7 3PQ. winkeye

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comment by EvilMole (U517659)

posted Feb 7, 2010

Normal for Norfolk:

"This is an England team that Wales can lunch huge holes into."

Good prediction, Normal, got any more? smiley

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