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Moody is out for up to six weeks. What does that mean for England?For me, Easter will become captain and Fourie will start at openside. I suspect MJ will opt for Worsley based on experience and as a defensive behemoth at 6. I would pick Robshaw instead.Probably means two of Wood, Robshaw and Dowson get promoted to the EPS?
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posted Jan 18, 2011
So much line out capability lost with Lawes and Croft out: Woods at blindside, Saull open and bring in Skivington for Lawes
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I'd expect a more conservative selection against Wales, certainly not someone who hasn't been capped in major comp eg. robshaw, guest, dowson, woods...i'd imagine6. Worsley7. Fourie8. Easterbut with Italy at home i'd like to see him give Woods or Armitage a run, which would be good, give us a more natural balanceLawes and Croft are the bigger losses, that pack is starting to look awful slow... So long as Borthwick hasn't entered the conscience then i'm easy, we've got some very good, if inexperienced, players in the backrow
Andy Hazell has put his body on the line for Gloucester for years and done a fantastic job as an out and out 7. Why he's never got a sniff at an England cap is one of life's mysteries.
comment by scooterpete36 (U1713449)posted 49 Minutes AgoAndy Hazell has put his body on the line for Gloucester for years and done a fantastic job as an out and out 7. Why he's never got a sniff at an England cap is one of life's mysteries.----he did (in 2005 i believe)
Some people were on the outer Pete, thats probably why. In the Tour From Hell 2005? (Part 2)when Sanderson led the team he did an outstanding job, but pretty much never got a look in again.
Saull at 7, Skivington for Lawes - pace and line out ability - But Johnson will go for slow hulking forwards that will stagnate, grind out slow attritional plays and bore me. Future post injury backrow of Croft, Easter, Saull - Pace beats loaf and entertains.
Just look at the Senior EPS, those players are the next in line. We will have:Shaw/DeaconPalmerWorsley/HaskellFourieEasterand I would think it would be Shaw and Haskell with Deacon and Worsley on the bench.I'd like to see Phil Dowson brought in for Croft, Tom Wood brought in for Moody and probably Skivington in for Lawes, although I can't see any of them starting.Haskell - Easter - Fourie as a back row isn't hugely inspiring, and I'd probably rather see Dowson and Wood in there with Easter with Fourie on the bench.
posted Jan 19, 2011
An England back five of KennedyBorthwickHaskellEasterWorsley failed in 2009 and was replaced byShawBorthwickCroftEasterWorsleyYou can't simply look at the second or back row in isolation.There needs to be two line-out players besides Easter and neither Shaw nor Deacon can do that.Skivington is playing well for Leicester - good in tight and loose.Surely this is a no-brainer!Why are so many people shouting Robshaw when he clearly has moved downwards in MJ's estimation?Bearing in mind that Fourie, Easter, Palmer are certainties, the remaining two players should be Deacon or Shaw with a line-out back row player like Gaskell or Wood or DWS, or Skivington or Kennedy and a work-horse with experience like Worsley.Experience of playing in Cardiff should be important. And although Haskell has experience there I would rather pick Worsley as long as he is playing well.
<<"But Johnson will go for slow hulking forwards that will stagnate, grind out slow attritional plays and bore me.">>Yes, of course he will. We all know Johnson doesn't pick young or exciting forwards like Lawes or Croft.They only get selected when the pixies break into RFU headquarters and fiddle with the team sheet when MJ isn't looking.Damn those pesky little pixies.
posted Jan 20, 2011
Something has changed - why else would Gaskell be in the squad?Saying that, Tuilagi isn't but perhaps they don't want to mess around with the midfield as yet, as injury has not effected selection there.
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