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Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

To some extent I was playing devil's advocate. I'm a big fan of Ford and I hope he gets the gig long-term. I'd actually have Cipriani next in the pecking order ahead of Farrell, but I believe Ford offers a much more complete package than all other contenders currently.

The stuff you describe in your last paragraph would definitely irk me if I'd been aware of it. Don't seem to remember any of those incidents to be honest.

Now then. Here is a rhetorical statement that may well be proven or refuted over the coming weeks and months:
Lancaster and his team (whatever their level of influence) have done Ford a favour, by introducing him gradually and allowing Farrell to play some very tough games and take the flak where they've not been successful. I mean no disrespect towards Samoa in saying that was a good game for Ford to play a full 80. Not least, in fact, because he was able to show that he was robust enough to deal with those monsters!

1 Day, 11 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Indeed. Fingers crossed we get this kind of "home refereeing" next autumn... ;)


2 Days, 10 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Lull 'em all into a false sense of security. Oldest trick in the book.
NZ just can't bring themselves to actually lose games though...

2 Days, 10 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

07015678: Lancaster unprofessionally let Andy Farrell talk him into fielding his ... son

Did he though? I mean, yes it does seem more than coincidental that he's been in favour for so long, but Lancaster's his own man and I get the impression he's happy to make his own decisions and stand by them.

Personally I'm delighted to see Ford play. If I were Lancaster I'd pick him ahead of Farrell and I reckon he can inject some much-needed creativity. I hope he gets a run against Australia. But Farrell's selection is not without merit, he offers distinct advantages, for example reliable goal-kicking and defence.

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

I suspect Mr Dump will have a separate post on this in due course, but I'd just like to record, as an England fan, that I thought the yellow card for Leota's tackle on Ford was ridiculous.

Big hit? Yes! And a beauty too. (By the way, very impressed by how Ford absorbed it and even managed to get the ball away cleanly).

Penalty? Not in my view - I suppose you could make a case it was a bit high, but I don't know when chest-height became "high". Timing was impeccable, by the way.

Yellow card? No way. And the ref's admonishment to "keep the game clean" (or was it safe?) was well over-the-top.

Although I was pleased to see England actually capitalise on the numerical advantage, the next try felt a little bit hollow for me as it shouldn't have been so easy to score.

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

RD: "Have Wales made progress, or were the All Blacks always in control?"

From the way they went up through the gears in the last 10-15 minutes to ultimately win the match by a very convincing margin, I can't help the feeling that they were taking the piss out of Wales for the first hour!!

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Mate, you seem to be missing Ireland from your summary. They are a team transformed and this is while they're missing a couple of important players too. Bit of a shame they didn't have a crack at NZ this tour...

Love this bit: "take NZ, they've had a pretty awful Autumn by their standards". It comes to something doesn't it, when winning all your games on tour is (quite reasonably) considered awful!

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Surely you mean Gold? ;)

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Teddy Thomas dropped after incredible solo effort against Australia

And when he celebrated his try the cheering noise came out at a different time from the movement of his lips.

3 Days, 6 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Tight head??

6 Days, 7 Hours ago

 
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