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Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Maybe you can only be shit on so many counter attacks, that you get one lucky one?

2 Days, 12 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

:o Israel Folau, Dagg, Kearney, Halfpenny and Brown... Don't think you can say that all fullbacks can't counter attack. These guys are magiciens.

Also for the kick to touch when it was 6-3 Ireland had just been penalised (on a scrum or maul) and Ford had just missed a kick before, the forwards were pumped up and confident, but as...also said on the red button, by Keith Wood, if you go for touch, you make sure, you know you are going to win the ball, and also... Try and stay away from the 6ft10 lock (irish).

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Who's "they"? I don't think England are too young, (maybe compared to Wales) but they do have a team that for me is not the finished product. Mainly die to injuries. (My main key players missing are: lawes, launchbry, Tuilagi, Farrell, BROWN and even Wilson for the bench and Wood).

I still thought England would do better though, but for me now I would really start to build an A team (like Wales).

Take Wales: Warburton or Lydiate is injured, Tipuric comes on. Who's just as good.

You take out any centre or wing and you've got North to move to centre, or Scott williams, and Cuthbert as cover.
But the game plan stays the same.

England lose Wood and Lawes, and they use Haskell as a lineout jumper... Who is not world class jumper.
They lose Tuilagi and have to change the game plan.
They lose Brown... And Goode is targeted which puts England on the back foot as he can't counter attack (a part from that lucky burst out behind the line up to the 22m).

Wales know where they going (physical game), so do Ireland (kicking game) but England without these leaders and game players are lost.

Same with France. Woodward said "French rugby has been all about a big pack and backs with magical feet and flair. Yet now they're going for an athletic pack and a back line based around Bastareaud"

They're also going down the wrong track for me.
I think France need to do what Lancaster did to England in 2012.
Fresh page, bring back meaning to the jersey, brong in youngsters such as Nowell, Watson, Ford/Farrell...etc
(For France: Fickou, Tolofua I would even put Antoine Dupont castres number 9 18year old, in the squad to give him experience at least for the training).

France have the players, as do England but their game plan is all wrong.

2 Days, 18 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

It was Healy that got knocked by Cole. (Revenge for Healy stamping on Coles ankle in 2013).
And couldn't see May making the tackles Nowell did ;)

2 Days, 18 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

No problem. :) The red button is brill by the way, I would recommend it. This page and the bbc red button forums are I think the best.

2 Days, 18 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

England weren't great against Italy, yet the press would say "England thump Italy in 40 point win" . The press say all kinds of stuff. I agree it was not my A team england team, but my expectations were higher.
And that's not disrespcting Ireland. But for me England are going in the right way, they just have not got their A team at the moment. That's why I was disapointed because still a lot of those players (10 out of 15) would get in my A team.

Ireland are at the top of their game.
Yet didn't smash England either

2 Days, 21 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

On the red button forum on bbc they showed it again and paused it, Nowell was almost 2m in front, and also I looked like he had his foot in touch. I was also gutted when it was live, but the ref must have been in the perfect place to see. Right call 100%.

2 Days, 21 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Why oh why... Would you try and fight fire with some shitty little flamme?
Ireland imposed their game on England. Kick and chase, and if England get the ball, smash them at the breakdown. England didn't have a game plan.
Nothing to say on the England performance. Well done Ireland, but if Sexton and Murray come of, or are injured I don't know what they would do. Stiil a great performance though.

So ... ENGLAND:
Attwood shite.
Haskell... Was he even there? I mean I remeber him giving away the first penalty then didn't see him. Ford... Shite I thought, got dumped, ran sideways, didn't seem to have a game plan (people would say this is the inside centres fault as well, but everyone seemed to diss Farrell when England failed to have a game plan)
And... Alex Goode... Won't say anything no need.

How to repair this team:

England have a good pack, but we seemed to lack leaders at the moment. I would have Wood straight back in, also a lineout jumper. (At 6)
I would have Care on the bench, Wigglesworth was way too slow!!
Lawes instead of Attwood. And bring back Manusamoa on the bench for 36.

My england team: (would love to see everyone elses 23)
Marler
Hartley
Cole (good game today)
Lawes
Kruis
Wood
Robshaw
Vunipola (good game)
Youngs
... Cipriani ( :D )
May LOL! Nowell (who really stepped up! As predicted :D )
Burrell
Joseph
Watson (good game)
Brown

Vunipola, Thomas/Brookes, Youngs, Croft, Haskell, Care, Ford Tuilagi

I would have giving Cipriani a chance to change the game plan... Well to bring a game plan against Ireland around 55mins into the game.
He just refused a Toulon contract and isnt getting a runout... Fair play to him. His time should come!

3 Days, 8 Hours ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

#Thuglife

1 Week, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Yarde, may, ashton, wade can't tackle. Nowell can. I agree about Foden, also a great player.

2 Weeks, 10 Hours ago