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6N is not really relevant any more. The World Cup is the target and the autumn internationals are the practice for it. 6N should be scrapped - or at least played only every couple of years.
You need a lot of luck to grand slam, wales last year lucky to keep Bradley Davies against Ireland. The most clear cut sending off this side of Calcutta. Then England dying minute try that wasn't see luck you all needs me friends for slams
The measure of England's improvement has to be the six nations they were pretty dire last time. I'm sure they have improved just a case of how much, and whether they can bring consistency to performances. It's odd that come 6n France, Ireland and wales all know how to beat England. Not saying they will, just not inconceiveable yet they struggle against some below par SH teams
787 you been on the pop mate. I wanted serious debate not nonsense I'm sure England will be very well represented but I don't think the whole English squad will go, nor welsh/Irish/Scottish. Anyhow it would kind of make a mockery of the lions title
I'm not sure who it was but it was many posts back and from a Scot - whilst acknowledging England's achievement they also registered their disgust at the lack of respect shown to NZ during the Haka and when Dan Carter (one of the all-time greats) was preparing to kick. I have to agree it is shameful and reflects very badly on us. You muppets that do it go back to football..NZ so gracious in defeat
Did the All Blacks just have an off day? Or perhaps England stifled them and pressured them into a poor performance...You have got to admit NZ showed how dangerous they are with two quick tries (accurate passing + fast ball = text book stuff) & their third was just classic). So for England to then go and snuff them out completely was simply awe inspiring; could hardly believe what I was seeing!
With the Lions in mind, WG said he'd look at the performances in the AI more than 6N. I hope this is not the case. It'd be great to see match ups like Farrell/Burns vs Sexton or Priestland having added Lions spice. Burns might be the next Greenwood in terms of making a bigger impression with the Lions before his national side. Need to see this Gilroy lad too.
Final thought here is this England won the game becuase they trusted the young players and fronted up. its about self belief and playing to your strengths. I like Ashton and if they find a place for Kyle Eastmond who is doing ok at Bath (give him time to develop) the team with guys like Billy Twelvetrees looks a good one. (oh ps i think i may understand Union don't you?)
Peter read my post i enjoyed the game, i prefer league thats my point however it was agood performance. I ain't knocking it so don't get defensive mate. Well done i will take any win (i repeat any win) over the SH and trust me i understand the union game really well however it is not has is reffered in the media Rugby there are two versions of it and both have the strengths. Well done England.
@800I am sick of Leaguies knocking Union. Don't criticize what ye don't understand. They both have have their faults and strengths.
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