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France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

No it doesn't say much of the english hookers. Which is the case. They should get their finger out and learn how to throw. Cowan dickie could be world class if he could throw. Same with Youngs, but I think Youngs duffs up the scrum because he is too small!
Its good to have a front row roughly the same size (Lions 1997; England 2010 with shezza thompson and cole) Webber is too unfit for my liking. But he can throw...

And maybe Hartley is the best hooker we've got... how bad is that. Because he is quite the thug.

5 Days, 10 Hours ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Once he's done his ban I think it's only fair he should be allowed a chance. Also to be honest, ok he's been a thug before but that recent ban was for sod all really, 1 month...
Ok 2 weeks but not 4!
Anyway they would have named the squad before he's back so he can only get in the RWC if there's an injury. (And obviously once he's done his "time" :D)


But you never know, if England get through into the knockout stages, still with a crappy lineout I'm sure they'll find some excuse to bring Hartley in the 31 man squad.

5 Days, 13 Hours ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Some great comments here :)
No one said about the French targeting May though? Glad they did, everyone saw he can't a high ball. Even Lancaster decided to take him off to play Cipriani (instead of taking Brown off).

Brown and Nowell played well. As did Cips.
Imagine bringing Cips and Burgess on: Burgess can get through any defence and Cips is the guy who can put any player through any defence.

Would have liked to see Steffon in there somehow but it's too late for all that now.

But I would go for Clark instead of Haskell. He slows the ball down more and is the best counter rucker we've got.

I thought Cole was lazy as f*ck. Hate seeing that. You see Marler sprinting back even after 50 mins, and Cole was just plodding around. Never noticed that before from him. Used to be a big Cole fan bit maybe he thought "Im in the squad why push myself?"

Still... come on England, #Carrythemhome.

5 Days, 16 Hours ago

Sam Burgess set to start against France in England World Cup Warmup

Foden on the wing for a warm up match would have been good!

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Sam Burgess set to start against France in England World Cup Warmup

Great to see Lancaster give some guys a chance to prove they're good enough for the world cup.
Also good shout by putting slade and farrell in together to help Burgess in defence (as they both play ten and centre they'll help each other).
Would like to see clark and cowan dickie have great games (clark good in the rucks and cowan dickie perfect throws would be nice!)

Goode will be shit. And would love to see Fickou smash May.

Swing low, sweet chariot!

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

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?

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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).

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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 ;)

5 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago