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Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

Fair enough.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

Was that the game when Martin Johnson was manager? ie a few years ago? Same one he got yellow carded and cameras cut to Johnno going fucking mental in the stands. Harsh to hold one error years ago against him, and he's matured and improved since then. Still my choice. Cipriani and Care is the most maverick option!

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

I thought Foden was out injured? If he's physically fit enough, I'd definitely have him in the team. Better wing than Ashton and Strettle, plus cover for full back.

Also, I believe Barritt is only expected to join up from match 2 or 3 isn't he?

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

OK, confession time - Rugbydump videos excluded, natch, I haven't actually seen a vast amount of rugby so far this season. However, every time I've seen Ben Youngs recently he's looked somehow out of sorts - he also looks like he's still got some of the annoying petulance that winds me up. But, I could well have missed him being awesome.

I like care. Quick delivery and quick feet. I don't recognise that bit about him being slow off one side (presumably his left hand?), but there you go.

Love a good hard tackling 10, keeps the oppo honest. Farrell is definitely the man, it's just who is back-up. I'd go for either Myler or Ford. I was at Twickenham for Cipriani's debut and well remember the buzz of excitement, he had a blinder too. I also think the fuss about him is way exaggerated. If you look at what he actually does, rather than what the press reports, he's as dedicated an athlete as you'll find. Used to take on additional sprint/athletics training, for example. When he went abroad he didn't go somewhere that would pay loads of cash, he went to Australia, about as far away as you can get from the English spotlight. And played for the Rebels who were just starting out and were utter gash for the first season. And he stuck at it, so fair play to him.

Wonderful prospect having Farrell controlling things for the first 50 minutes, then bringing on Cipriani to slice through the bastards for the last half hour. But is he playing as well as is being reported? I don't know, haven't seen much of his games - what I do know is a lot of the hype is coming from the same bitter and insidious newspaper pundits (Mick Cleary in the Telegaph, for example) who love nothing more than building sports stars up just to gleefully knock them down when they have one off day.

Would be very happy to see him given another chance with England though. Seems to be working out OK for Quade Cooper.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

Reached maximum limit on post length, so obviously time for me to shut my cakehole. Anyway I reckon most of the rest of the team sort of picks itself.

Wing is another interesting one. Would like to have seen Yarde and Wade, but with them both crocked May, Watson or young Jack Nowell have a run. Unlike most people, I don't despise Chris Ashton, happy with him and Strettle, to start anyway, but do hope Lancaster uses this chance to blood some young flyers.

Scrumhalf I'd have Care No.1 - most exciting scrumhalf we have and Lancaster has a soft spot for him too. Dickson 2nd (on proviso he does something about his hair). Youngs, on current form, would be 3rd choice.

Full back has to be Mike Brown after his awesome autumn displays.

So I propose:
15 Brown
Wings - Ashton & Strettle start but May, Watson & Nowell given plenty of game time

13 - Eastmond (or Burrell)
12 - 36 (Barritt backup)

10 - Farrell (Ford next in pecking order for me)
9 - Care (Dickson bench)

8 - Billy Vunipola or Ben Morgan, don't care which, they're both excellent.
7 - Captain Robshaw.
6 - Tom Wood

2nd row - Lawes and Launchbury. I like both of them and they seemed to be developing a decent partnership too. I'd like to see England emulate the old Scottish "Killer Bees" backrow and create a hilarious pun on the Double L boys. I vote for "the Fucking 'Ell boys".

3. Cole
2. Hartley
1. Marler


There you have it, that's the end of that discussion! ;)

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

"If anyone wants to have a discussion about the England squad, I wouldn't mind talking about selection choices."

Very generous of you sir. Here we go then.

Disagree on Marler v Corbisiero. Corbs is easily the most effective scrummager in world rugby (yeah, that's a pretty hyperbolic statement but he's also one of the most under-rated players in the game IMO). He is excellent around the park too. When fit, he'd literally and tactically be the first name on my team-sheet. Moot point of course as he looks set to miss the whole tourny and very pleased that the excellent Marler is available to take his place. Big fan of him too. Less convinced by M Vunipola and don't know enough about the other props.

Jumping around a bit and I won't comment on every position. Flyhalf - apparently Flood has sacrificed any chance of playing in the world cup and consequently will not be considered for this EPS. Bonkers on his part but not so massive a loss for England as we have exciting young 10s coming through - hey maybe even Floody's decided he's had a fair crack of the whip and is politely stepping aside (and trousering a load of French cash).

Farrell has done nothing to warrant losing his place and still seems to be Mr Reliable so he's in. Last proper opportunity to really have a look at Plan B though, so hope we get to see 1 or 2 out of Myler, Ford and Burns (probably in that order for me) given a decent amount of game time.

Centres - long-term I think it's Twelvetrees with Tuilagi, but with the latter out I'd get Burrell or Eastmond in. Eastmond's the one I really want to see - he was devastating on that Argentina tour, haven't seen that shit since Jason Robinson. Of course he could play wing and people will question if he's big enough for centre - personally I think that's bollocks, especially when you've got a monster like George north lining up on the opposite wing. Pace frightens defences and I want to see him unleashed in midfield.




3 Months, 6 Days ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

Bosh. Love that. OK, Huget's sort of off balance and received the ball with no time to avoid the tackle, but it's always enjoyable to see a bloke literally knocked into mid-air.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Joe Marler smashes big wing George North at Franklin's Gardens

Well I'll take your word for that unless they publish official stats on the players' accomplishments in the gym. I remember some of the bench press numbers that got bandied about re Sheridan were eye-boggling.



3 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler smashes big wing George North at Franklin's Gardens

Corbisiero (when he's not crocked) is a stronger loosehead and a better all-round rugby player. But I do like Marler, exciting player.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler smashes big wing George North at Franklin's Gardens

DrG, what are you talking about? How can you say that's a rubbish tackle? I suppose you can tackle better than that? Also, you're saying you're the same size as George North and you can only lift 100kg! Etc etc.


Well, everyone else seems to be getting good mileage out of trolling you, I thought I'd get on the bandwagon....

3 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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