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This is fantastic. All the attention is on England. The one question should be how will England cope mentally knowing that they are overwhelming favourites. Time for other nations to crank up the mind games and put them under intense psychological pressure. I would also focus on mentally brittle players such as Brown. Let us see how England deal with uncertainty.
Beer and grub sorted for the weekend. All other TV banned.Wife and kids understand "Let Daddy shout at the TV if he wants!"Would love to have tickets for any game, but TV will do.Looks to be the best tournament in recent years, even better than 2015 with that amazing final day! Brilliant!I hope that the new rules and dodgy refs don't spoil it.Everyone got their Lions team ready?
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@201. Lions yawn. What makes you think Itoje is out of position? 6 is where he has played at Saracens many times and where his future international career is.If EJ can put Launchbury Kruis and Itoje on the pitch at the same time he will. Lawes instead of Kruis I still say have all three very mobile over 6'5" forwards.Not Englands problem but the opposition in containing them.
Think it's a shame that Nathan Hughes will start for England tomorrow, ahead of others who grew up dreaming of pulling on our famous white jersey. I know there are plenty of England players who weren't born here but at least they mostly grew up here and played for the U18, U20 or Saxons sides. I believe Hughes chose England over Fiji for the money. I wish him well but I just find it all very sad.
Will the Vunipolas be back in time for Ireland?
Cant fault England in last years 6Ns they were brilliant getting better each game. However their Autumn internationals proved they not the finished article & didn't win as convincingly as you would expect. Wales wont be push over for them, they can be a bit of a bogey team, however expect Ireland game to decide it. Glad J Joseph is playing - lightening feet - must be a nightmare to 'try' & tackle.
I am so excited, Train booked = check4 Tilting Ales Birmingham to Euston = check Hotel booked = checkGreat seats at Twickers tomorrow = checkDaley lands from 50 metres = checkNowell comes on and scores 2 tries = checkEngland win = checkSussex Arms for many beers whatever the score = check
201. Lions Yawn Can you find a match where France ever beat England by 30 points? Not even in England's darkest days did they lose by such a margin. The replacements for the injured are very good, other teams would swap in our replacements in a thrice. Itoje isn't out of position, he plays 6 at Saracens, Daly has performed at centre several times for his club.
Ian no.185. You are so wrong about Jack Nowell it hurts!.A great finisher - Sarries Jan 7. Great offensive contributor - all last few gamesIf you think Nowell is dodgy defensively check out Chiefs/Bath game 31 Dec, or his 6N debut against France; first few minutes he was confronted with Picamoles on the charge. Result? Picamoles on his arse. Our best all round wingBy absolutely miles
Am I missing something here? Hartley, Marler, Haskell all back from long layoffs. No Vinipolas, Watson, Robshaw or Kruis, and Itoje and Daly out if position against a giant French pack with stunning individual backs. Even with Eddie's influence I think we could lose by 30 points tomorrow.
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