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Just here to say close game with the final scores 28-28
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posted Jun 9, 2010
I thought the England xv were more of a scratch side than the Aussies. I wouldn't never expect to see Barkley and Tait together in a test team, and I don't think Hodgson and Barkley is a natural fit. Backrow looked a bit ramshackle as well. On the whole, 15 individuals rather than a team.I wouldn't be surprised to see Wilkinson and Flood start together Saturday, with Barkley or Hape on the bench.
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When the poms call us whingers I believe them. You must always listen to experts.
Of course us English like a good whine, but Australia has had its fair share of prime whingers too - Gregan and Ponting spring to mind.
Englishmen in Wales, no argument here. Ponting unlike Gregan, isn't particularly liked in Australia. A great cricketer but loves a good whine and isn't the sharpest tool in the shed either. Gregan was a champ but there were more than a few occasions when I was yelling at the T.V because of his idiotic back-chat to the ref. That or leaving the ball at the foot of the ruck for 5 minutes only for it to result in a turn over.
I'm English, I support England, and I want England to win; let's just get things straight...However, if England play as they did against the Barbarians, and end up with results such as that on Tuesday, then they have little chance of winning the next two tests, let alone the World Cup! Moreover, if people such as Flood and Banahan are being selected the our problems will increase ten-fold!
Seems to me that all the pro Aussie sites were saying before the Australian Barbarians V England game was going to be a minimum 15 point lose to England, including Planet Rugby. The minute James O Connor was taken off there game was stiffled, especially in the scrum, I would say strength in depth is obviously not everything the Aussies reckon it is.
posted Jun 10, 2010
aurtherschariot you need to be a bit more informed about the Aussies depth. England has over double the number of rugby players Australia has, and many more than 4 professional sides to choose players from. Add to that the players overseas who cannot be picked (e.g. McMeniman, Blake, Gasnier and now George Smith & Morgan Turinui), injuries (Genia, Ashley-Cooper, Mortlock, Robinson, Moore, Polota-Nau, Alexander, Palu, Horwell) and of course the moth-balled test squad. I think all things considered they showed tremendous depth. And they don't have to raid the rugby league stocks of other countries to get it either. Pretty soon England cricket and rugby will be like Arsenal and Chelsea. Spot the Englishman.
Can't see Floody coping very well against the Wallabies and Easter and Shaw will look very slow
Don't think Slipper has started for Qld, possibly when both Daley and Weeks were injured. Fitzpatrick as well. McCalman, Edmonds, and McCutcheon only started when there were injuries. McCutcheon may have 2 starts and McCalman a similar small number when Pocock, Hodgson and Brown were injured.
"Don't think Slipper has started for Qld, possibly when both Daley and Weeks were injured."But he's on the bench for the game on Saturday. Deans obviously rates him and Fitzpatrick has 8 Super 14 caps according to the Waratahs website, has captained the U-20 side in the Junior World Championship and has been in and around the Wallabies squad before. It was a strong side.
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