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The All Blacks turn it on at Eden Park with big win over Ireland

New Zealand never seem to blood players, in the sense of bringing on more in-experonces players, because they players they bring on are just as good as the ones that have left.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

Robshaw for lions 7, and captain?

I think he stands a chance, i mean he is a proven great leader, and actually looks to be the makings of a really good payer, 21 TACKLES AND 4 TURNOVERS against SA in first test, more than any other player ! (this is not the first time either that he has led the turnover, tackle stats)
I do accept that Warbuton is the front runner, but he was outmuscled by Pocock ths weekend, perhaps a won off, but I have yet to see Robshaw put in a single bad performance, for England and Harlequins.
Definalty the right man to lead england forward to the world cup! only 26, but the experince of a 35 year old veternan, 100 cap international.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

the england pack could be great with experience, hopefully come the autumn internationals a few players will be fit again, perhaps looking like this, I hope.

1. Corbisero
2. Hartley
3. Cole
4. Parling
5. Lawes
6. Johnson
7. Robshaw (c)
8. Morgan

and then u have substitutes like Marler, Webber, Botha and Armitage.
Looks good, no?

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

I agree that Botha brought a physical presence, but somethimes he is left trailing back leaving holes in the defense, whereas Palmer (perhaps not as physical) is much more relible in defense and brings a lot more experience.
Its a risk briging on Wade i know, but he is the perfect man to run the tired sprinbokes ragid (I do though accpept that they will no doubt be the fitter of the two sides, but nevertheless) and to be honest we dont have that many options on the wing, I would prefer Monye to start because he has had a lot more experince of SA rugby, on the lions tour, but he is injured.
I do feel though that it is a big move to start Abendanon at full back, as he has only just joined to squad, however i do agree that Foden was good on the wing and I really liked the back three combinatin.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

BRUTAL encounter!
I new South Africa were physical, but they were possesed on saturday, hitting everything with legs. However I thought England more than stood up to the challenge, but the pressure towards the end of the game was just to much to handle (as it would be for most teams). South Africa did miss the presence of a flanker who could disrupt the breakdown, they needed Brussow!. Players that stood out - Alberts, Bismark (absolutly awesome - perhaps the best hooker of all time!), de Villers and Habana (almost as good as his old self, perhaps better with his new found phyicality) for SA and Marler, Cole, Parling, Johnson, Robshaw, Brown (I liked the new back three combination), Tuilangi and Foden.

If England our to beat SA, they must not fight fire with fire (Physiclaity with Physicality) as the SA's are the masters of Physiclaity, instead they must suprise them, perhaps using pace not brawn, therfore reason for the inclusion of Wade and Joseph. The subistitutions are key they must make a huge impact and compensate for the tired legs of the rest of the team. Its gonna be tough, but irrespective of the end result, England will have learnt so much for it (more so than Ireland and Australia) and I am aleady looking forward to the autumn internationals, where I belive England could really push the SH teams, perhaps winning 2 form 3 with home advantage.

Team for the next test, taking into account new injuries.

1. Marler
2. Hartley
3. Cole
4. Parling
5. Plamer
6. Johnson
7. Robshaw (c)
8. Haskell
9. Care
10. Flood
11. Strettle
12. Tuilangi
13. Joseph
14. Ashton
15. Foden

16. Corbisero
17. Mears
18. Botha
19. Dowson
20. Dickson
21. Farell
22. Wade

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

i Meant 'I could see a 3 - 0 whitwash for Australia, unless WALES improve greatly'

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

Pocock and Genia won this game for Australia, and to be honest if the such players continue to play like this then I could see a 3 - 0 whitewash for Australia, unless Australia improve greatly.

Also Priestland was ABSOLUTLEY RUBBISH!!!!! it could be said that he cost Wales the win, by falling to catch the ball when the line was beckoning. Also the fact that the best on-field kick came from a prop (Gethin Jenkins little grubber kick) also shows how poor he played.

Missed oppurtunity Wales!!! Despite this I still believe that Wales will win this series

2 Years, 5 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

The abilty to elude defenses is 'something the england team has no had on the WING for a long time'
I am not qusetioning the abiltiy of the rest of the backs just the wings, beacsue although ashton is great and is the best choice wing (14) at present, he is a poacher and a finisher not a creater like wade is, and lets be honest the only other wings available for the 11 shirt are monye and strettle, both of which are not creaters either. Therfore proving my point.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

I do agree that putting joseph in is a risk, but he would give england that xfactor in atttack, something that brad barritt has not done since putting on the england jersey.
The only prob with startig haskelll and robshaw is that they both play 7.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

England beat the Barbarians in high scoring Twickenham romp

Lawes is currently injured after returning to play for eng vs wal in the six nations a liitle too early after an injury he sustained earlier that year, repeated itself (i think).
If he was able to play,he would be straight into the xv for SA. In my opinion he should pair up with Richie Gray for the lions vs AUS starting xv.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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