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England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

*14) Wade

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

Obviously this is ignoring injuries, but I would love to see these guys play together.

1) Corbisiero
2) Hartley
3) Cole
4) Lawes
5) Parling
6) Wood
7) Robshaw
8) Morgan (tough on billy)
9) Youngs
10) Burns
11) Foden
12) Tuilagi
13) Daly
15) Brown

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

Agree about the hollow victory. The officials said there was blocking but not enough blocking i.e. "he cheated but he didn't cheat enough." Very, very strange.

Wade has certainly put forward his case after his performance at the shed. Sensational work from him.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 1

Potential is indeed important (although I never mentioned that). But say it weren't to be considered important, Youngs in this present time is leaps and bounds ahead of Dickson. By 2015 Dickson will not be starting for England. He has had his chance when Care was banned and Youngs was injured in 2012. He made a decent fistful of it and nothing more. And MOST importantly because Dickson's got rubbish hair and Youngs has REALLY pretty eyes we should not even be having this debate.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 1

He's had a difficult start to the club season coming back from injury but he will find form. He played well for the Lions and should've started all three tests.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 1

Why would Ben Youngs need a kick up the arse? He's a confidence player. What he needs is caps and experience come the next world cup. Dropping him for Dickson is the worst thing that can happen to his game. Give him confidence and a rumbling pack and he'll tear apart defences. Have Danny Care coming on as an impact sub and suddenly England are looking good.

I'm not saying Tomkins is an awful player. But from what I've seen so far - well has anyone seen anything so far? I certainly haven't seen enough to justify selection over other players in his position.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 1

Lee Dickson over Ben Youngs is, in my eyes, Lancaster's greatest selection error to date. Dickson may be in form but he's playing behind the most dominant pack in the premiership. Youngs, if a little inconsistent, changes games. The same with Danny Care. Both are fantastic scrum halfs who don't deserve the injustice of Dickson being selected over them.

I'm a little sceptical of Tomkins in the centres. I would be far more interested in seeing Daly, Eastmond or Burrell (ideally Daly). I don't really understand how he's leapfrogged them in the pecking order.

Dropping Morgan is also incredibly harsh. He's been nothing short of immense in the few caps he's had and is a rare breed of modern English backrow who looks dangerous with ball in hand. Vunipola is proving to be a very useful player so there is certainly weight to his cause. He had a good season for wasps last year and is looking good for saracens. I just don't really see how you could possibly drop Morgan.

I'm pretty disappointed by some of these selections. Foden must be wondering what on earth he has to do to get back in the team.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

He's not tarnishing his reputation. He'll always be remembered as a classy guy. Ask your average rugby fan what they think of his comments and they'll look at you with a blank face.

Like I said, it's just a shame that he's had a whiney, toys out the pram type response to someone saying he's not good enough. So uncharacteristic and I wish he and O'Connell hadn't done it.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

Silly comment. Of course he can be upset about it. Every player in the world gets upset when they're dropped. Publicly stating you resent a coach because he thought another player was better than you is a totally separate matter. The lions tour does not owe O'Driscoll a final send off.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

Gatland doesn't owe O'Driscoll a final send off to his career. No one is bigger than the team.

Anyone with neutral eyes could see O'Driscoll was not putting in the legendary performances he became so famous for. Davies, on the other hand, was having a fantastic tour. With ball in hand he looked like he could spark something and whether you like it or not the same could not be said of BOD. The former master of the game put in solid performances, but showed nothing to warrant selection over Davies.

Tuilagi was picked on the bench for obvious reasons. As an impact substitute, there are few in the world more explosive than the genetic freak of nature that he is.

It is a shame he and O'Connell have tried to tarnish Gatland's success. The most striking aspect is the stubbornness of those who jumped on the anti-gatland band wagon to back down.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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