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@414I think everyone knows that if Ford & Farrell are both fit then Cipriani is out of the picture, or unless they both have shocking 6Ns. As for Armitage I thinks it's a shame he isn't being picked but he knew the policy, but it saves Lancaster having to make the decision of whether to drop Robshaw or move him to 6 and dropping Wood, hence he's not pushing for a change in the policy.
I listened to Marin Corry speak over lunch on Sat> Two questions he was asked were about whether Cipriani and Armitage should play - Martin rather toed the Lancaster party line (shame). We need quality at 10, Ford looks ok but we will need more next year. Tui and Burrell are musts as well and when is selection policy going to allow at least the possibility of the best 15 to be selected?
The lack if creativity for Eng isn't just down to Eng's coaches it's indicative of our leagues.The majority of our top teams base their game plan on forward dominance & these awful "pods".Any young players that have some spark have if immediately coached out of them, you only have to see how Aus/NZ backs pass & run to see how different they play the game.Even Wal & Fra have this ability...& Exeter
And Woodward only recitfied them after 4 years of developing the forward game and the defence. Then and only then did he start developing the expansive back division. SL is heading in the same direction and a tth ened of the 6N last season people thought we were well on the way but a crass fixture list in June and multiple injuries has knocked it well on the head.
England had a coach who understood back play but he was junked because the oafs up front didn't like it. Nothing since. And no sign of getting it now. Traditional weaknesses in the English game that have only been rectified under Woodward.
Nowells all round game is far superior than any other winger,His tackling,beating first defender, xfactor ,is second to none,if he scored tries he would be out on his own,I'm a big fan,but many ex pros, pundits think he will play come February,people forget his age when he made is debut last year v France,apart from a few basic errors he was solid as a rock last year.lancaster trusts him
408I too am frustrated at the frequent changes in midfield. Although, I do think there is logic. Lancaster seems to prefer ball playing intelligent 12s. Not too say that Eastmond isn't a very good player but I think Lancaster wants to try more natural thinkers like Farrell and Twelvetrees in the role and Ford coincidentally deserved his shot. As for the RWC, don't forget about Manu Tuilagi.
A fair article. The more selection decisions Lancaster makes, the less I have any confidence he knows what he's doing with our backs. Twelvetrees/Barrett is never ever going to win us a WC. Eastmond has shown genuine skill and guile so we sent him home when his club 10 was coming in. There is no continuity or logic to the selection policy. A strong pack is masking many deficiencies.
The last sentence in the article is spot on and the one that needs ramming down the throat of England's players, management and the more boneheaded supporters. We know that England can dominate the set pieces, win loads of territory and possession, and score no points at all, other than the odd kicked penalty. They have not gone forward at all from last season nd time is running out.
@404Last 6N Care was fizzing, keeping the tempo high, quick tap & gos, this year it's like driving miss daisy. What's changed ? I wonder if the lack of Tuilangi & Burrell is giving less confidence throughout the team & hence they are adapting a slower, duller game as a result. Why whip the ball out only to see it coughed up or turned over. And Dawson was a better 9 than people gave him credit for
404 - "Can anyone tell me why Burrell didn't play? "Do you not read the most basic of reports on rugby? The number of people wondering this is staggering but it was widely reported. He rolled his ankle 3 days before the game and the Eng management did not want to risk it.
I find Engs scrum half play amazing at times. Youngs does not control the game in a way that someone like Dawson or even Healey did, so get the ball out quickly to the fly half. Sometimes he is so slow that the opposition counter ruck. Can anyone tell me why Burrell didn't play? Heaven help us with Barritt.
Whoever my scrum half was, it wouldn't be Care - he always takes three paces in the direction of the pass, before he lets it go, and he always, always, always kicks too long, so it is just a free catch and counter-attack from the opposition. And is there anything, short of a zombie apocalypse, that will get Farrell off the field? A more limited fly half is hard to imagine.
@401 Partly based on the relationship he developed with Brown. Part of the reason Brown was the best player of the 6N was because he had Nowell supporting him. In the Australia game he was screaming at May, at times and May didn't react.The one that really sticks in my mind was where Brown was crying for a kick through, which would have been a try, May went for speed nothing came of it.
Ye that's a fair team too.. Am I the only person who doesn't get the whole Jack Nowell thing.. sure a prospect for the future but we are looking towards a WC next year and not the future.. he has scored 1 try in pretty much a whole year..I don't think many wingers will be quaking in their boots..
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