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Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Well, I may have got a bit carried away....... ;)

But let's be honest, he wasn't "good" at league, he was excellent. And, from the admittedly little I've seen so far, he's quite a bit above average already in union and seems to be improving rapidly.

I don't mean to do a disservice to the existing players or those on the fringes who I'm sure are all working hard and dreaming of a world cup appearance. However, for a variety of reason/s, Lancaster et al have not settled on a combination of these proven centres you refer to, so that section of the team sheet is essentially a blank space waiting for someone to try to ink his name in.

I'd still like to see Tuilagi and Burgess on the wings, with some distribution-oriented centres. The beauty of this tip is it's almost definitely not going to happen, so no-one can prove me wrong. :)

A more sensible point is I feel Ford (if he continues the way he is) should definitely be England #10. Burgess playing alongside him consistently means you've already got at least one partnership in the backs sorted. In fact, I'd go a stage further and say, with the short amount of time left until the RWC, England should take advantage of well-established combinations and simply shift most of Bath's backs (Ford, Eastmond/Joseph, Burgess, Rokodoguni) wholesale into the side.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Although Burgess and everyone close to him continues to talk down his chances of playing in the world cup, the timing of his switch to union surely has that as a target.

Difference with Sonny Bill is he had to force his way into a well established backline which had settled combinations and brilliant players in every position. The ABs had no reason to take a gamble on him sooner, whereas I feel Lancaster needs to roll the dice a bit if England are to have a chance at the world cup.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

You'll struggle to find two better-executed rugby union tackles.

So far he's living up to, and maybe even surpassing, the media hype. More importantly the bloke himself is staying grounded and those closest to him are helping to manage everyone's expectations. Despite their efforts, I reckon Burgess is going to be a massively influential part of England's world cup team. He's obviously confident enough playing sport at the highest level - with Manu Tuilagi unlikely to be fully fit in time for the six nations, I say get Sam in and give him some international game time asap. I know they're lining him up for Saxons duty, but while that would make sense for someone with less experience in Burgess's case, the sooner the better.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

A pretty piss-poor attempt at trolling. Never mind.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ian Madigan's sneaky quick tap try against Ulster

Nice one Dan. Well worth watching this again for the majesty of Shane Byrnes's mullett.

1:20 - Talk to your players please! (while I let this guy take a sneaky tap behind your back).

To play devil's advocate, maybe Honiss had decided 3-4 penalties behind the 5m line in a single minute was taking the piss and a penalty try was imminent anyway, then O'Gara just saved him the bother...

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ian Madigan's sneaky quick tap try against Ulster

Not sure where that's referenced here, but you do remember correctly, it was a total sham. Smit wasn't just told he *could* speak to his players; the ref specifically instructed him to speak to them. Then allowed a quick tap behind his (Smit)'s back. This Madigan one looks legit though.

3 Weeks, 8 Hours ago

How dangerous are concussions in Rugby?

That bit with the two little kids in orange around 11:05 is really sickening...

3 Weeks, 12 Hours ago

The Aviva Premiership Best Tries of 2014

As a one-off piece of awesomeness and physical freakery, definitely!

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Aviva Premiership Best Tries of 2014

Impressive wasn't it? Davey Wilson has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Aviva Premiership Best Tries of 2014

Excellent. Delighted to see the team efforts celebrated like this. Even the Abendanon one, which the commentator described as a solo effort, was the result of some fantastic team play.

Bath one, finished by Eastmond, is the best of the bunch for me.
Has everything: forwards winning a ruck on their own line, hooker making a nuisance of himself and getting a great pass away. Vision, step, fend and acceleration from the centre. Great link play and support lines up the middle of the park. Good decision-making (ie when to make a run versus when it was not on having the wherewithal to smash it up a couple of times with the big boys (by the way, how did so many of them get up to the oppo try line after defending their own only a few seconds earlier!?) creating space for the final attack. Sublime flick pass and a typically evasive finish from Eastmond.
An absolute belter.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

 
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