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@285 / 284 there were some decent attacking spells during the warm ups - a few stodgy moments tooAlways concerned when I hear forwards described at 'mobile' especially front five. Great if they are - but only if they can do their core role (like scrummage)Otherwise if the opposition get a scrum in the 22 they'll go at it until there's a card & nobody is very mobile sat on that chair.
@281"Best of luck to AWJ & the Welsh boys. IMO he is in the top 3 NH players of the last 10 years. Wish he was Scottish!"100% agree what a player, best lock in Europe for a decade, like a fine wine he gets better & better, very astute around the park. Totally envious of you Welsh AWJ would first on the Scottish teamsheet along with Sanjay & FoxyAll the best Wales hope you have a great WC
@277The point is where in the mid 90s it was all pick & go with big crashball IC yes then you needed a tight pack & the BS flanker NOT the OS was the most important member to stop the box kick and rush defence in Wales e.g. Tips started as BS for his village Trebanos remember him as a teenager playing against us, Warbs the same in school yrs. The game has changed pack needs mobility flexibility
284Not sure, think the game plan will be to keep solid, keep possession, go through the phases and stay in the game until we bring on the mobile forwards off the bench. But we'll see.
@283We haven't given much away in the warm-ups. I think North and Adams will be carrying hard as 1st and 2nd receiver to help get over the gainline.I also think Carre is going to feature heavily in the WC (why else would he be going?!) So he will hit it up.I'm hoping GN, HP, RM, AWJ, RC and KO should give us the required go forward to build enough points for the defence to hold onto
280We're lacking grunt in general. Moriarty needs to wake up, Ball has to start, and the Sheriff carries well. But no real line busters. But we didn't really go for the truck up the middle during the AI & 6N, instead we picked up and drove close to the fringe and were successful, tried something different during the warm ups and didn't really work.
@277/8Talks the talk doesn’t walk the walk
Best of luck to AWJ and the Welsh boys. IMO he is in the top 3 NH players of the last 10 years. Wish he was Scottish!
@277We are on the same page.For me Navidi has to start, he's our best back row. As we lack ball carriers Moriarty also has to start. Gats prefers RM at 8 and JN at 6.So it's a straight shoot out between Cubby and Tips for 7. I would lean towards Tips for experience but wouldn't be surprised if Cubby gets the nod. Yes he lacks size/grunt at international level but does have X factor
@118 valley commandoI'm a bit staggered at your comment. It wasn't too long ago you infested an 'England' titled HYS topic with your usual anti England spitefulness.Back on topic, its interesting to listen to the media and commentators here in Oz (and in NZ). Down here the general feeling is that Wales basically have no chance. The All Blacks, SA, England and the Wallabies being favoured.
@276You do realise Tips and Warbs are BOTH 7's? This surely enforces my argument.Your earlier team selection proposed no 7's - you're contradicting yourself.
@ Tequilasurfer I disagree somewhat. I think 2 opensides (Warby/Tips, Pocock/Hooper) can work, but to have no genuine openside will hurt a side. I think having breakdown specialists has become imperative to the modern game.Guys like Niel Back and George Smith changed the game, then McCaw and Pocock took it to another level. Just look at the difference Curry has made to England!
@273"You do not win international rugby matches without a genuine openside"Most ridiculous comment for many a seasonPlaying two flankers left/right instead of BS/OS was even instrumental in the 70s with Wal, even we operated it with our 5Ns title in '99. Warbs changed flanks to accommodate Tips with tremendous successHell even a big old lump like me operated the odd game on the openside
@267 Bosnia....you lot were saying the same thing before you came to play us in Cardiff last year in the first round 6 Nations which you lot predicted you were to win ....if i remember... we hammered you 34-7. Id be more concerned about Ireland first game up than sprouting off dreams.
About the Back row selection, I think Wainwright has to start, a real bright spark during the warm ups. Tips hasn't played much this summer but has credit in the bank. Navidi has been our most consistent performer over the past 2 years so must feature, even if it's on the bench. Moriarty was quiet in the warm ups but we're short on grunt and really need him to find form and make some hard yards.
@272 yes balance! 6.5's? You do realise this email may became a thing because Eng at the time had no genuine 7's. You do not win international rugby matches without a genuine openside, after 10 probably the 2nd most important position on a rugby field.Wales have 2 available Tips and Cubby and one of those has to start. I would rather see a back row with both than neither!
@269Balance! Well the modern game requires flexibility i.e. 6.5s1 Wainwright plays both OS & BS in fact he is skillfull enough to play left/right instead of BS if Gats chooses to play that axis2 Moriarty in the absence of Faletau has seamlessly fitted in at 8 at international level as he has at club3 Shingler has the height & weight but more importantly he has searing speed for his size
@ 268....all a bit "poke n hope" ay?@ 255 i went out mate, couldn't see either of you in weatherspoons and my mums dead! died when she was 42, just for the record!
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