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Michael Lynagh and HSBC Ambassador Jason Robinson react to England's loss

Michael Lynagh and HSBC Ambassador Jason Robinson react to England's loss
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In this quick video courtesy of HSBC, Michael Lynagh and Jason Robinson comment on yesterday’s Autumn International match between England and Australia at Twickenham, ahead of the British & Irish Lions Tour To Australia 2013.

Lynagh and Robinson discuss the 20-14 win for the Wallabies, a somewhat significant result in the build up and context of The Lions Tour to Australia, beginning 1 June 2013.

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  • stroudos
    10:56 AM 22/11/2012

    I don't think you'll be starting any riots with that perfectly reasonable assessment...

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  • jimter10
    12:38 PM 21/11/2012

    Brilliant to see Lynagh looking so well. Robinson is looking pretty trim too, any chance we can persuade him to dust off his boots? He was genuinely world class, we haven't found a back 3 near as good since. Now, without starting a riot, I find it very difficult to support England. We have mincey players who get the best equipment and facilities, they get pampered by the sponsors and yet they just look average on the pitch. Instead I find Argentina are the team I can really get behind, masses of passion and determination. They played in the South American wilderness until the inclusion in the Rugby Championship, they play with pride and are now getting a set of backs worthy of their pack, which after some of the class of 2007 retired, I thought they might never be able to do.

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  • stroudos
    11:56 AM 21/11/2012

    Lancaster has said he'll only pick players not based in England "in exceptional circumstances", which pretty much means if all possible players for that position are injured. The rule is not quite as strictly prohibitive as the Australia and NZ ones, but kind of is the same in practice. Martin Johnson secured an agreement with the Premiership clubs guaranteeing that Elite Player Squad players would be released from their clubs for training camps, including outside Test match windows. The RFU don't (and practically speaking, because of differing domestic fixture lists, can't) have similar agreements with other rugby unions.

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  • browner
    11:52 PM 20/11/2012

    battering ram ???? zzzzzzzzzzzzz please santa, bring us a 'non' battering ram for xmas

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  • browner
    11:50 PM 20/11/2012

    Manu played WING the whole of his junior days ......... & boy does it show !!

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  • browner
    11:48 PM 20/11/2012

    Funky Rooster is spot on ...... Pods.....zzzzzzzzzzz No risk rugby zzzzzzzzzzz I asked a Premiership Head Coach recently, why don't XXX??XXXX have 'gamble runners' trying to receive offloads as NZ do? answer, too risky, they can't adjust to secure the ruck possession....... zzzzzzzz flare coached out, in favour of %'s ........ same as england footy, v the Latin countries

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  • browner
    11:48 PM 20/11/2012

    Funky Rooster is spot on ...... Pods.....zzzzzzzzzzz No risk rugby zzzzzzzzzzz I asked a Premiership Head Coach recently, why don't XXX??XXXX have 'gamble runners' trying to receive offloads as NZ do? answer, too risky, they can't adjust to secure the ruck possession....... zzzzzzzz flare coached out, in favour of %'s ........ same as england footy, v the Latin countries

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  • eggman
    8:19 PM 20/11/2012

    Very enjoyable game to watch I thought (obviously helped that Australia won). I like that Australia finally put some decent back play together (at least for a while) and that for a large part of the match they seemed comfortable with ball in hand. I was flabbergaster by the scrum improvement. I was expecting the Aussies to be bullied around all day long, yet they somehow managed to drastically improve. Raises the question if France is THAT good, England THAT bad or Australia just improved that much... I must say though that i was impressed with England's willingness to play the game fast. I always love to see teams having a go, and even if it doesn't work I'd love to see Australia to do it more often. Great to see that one of the tap penalties paid off for England and they got a try out of it. Pity the press has smashed them over their decisions..

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  • eggman
    8:12 PM 20/11/2012

    Isn't the reason Armitage isn't playing that he is playing in France instead of England? I could be wrong here, but I somehow vaguely remember that England was planning or has already introduced a rule that would exclude players to play for England that are playing for a club abroad. I know that both Australia and New Zealand have that rule in place, but I'm not 100% sure about England

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  • jeppy89
    11:24 AM 20/11/2012

    Took two tackles and still got the ball away to manu for the try on saturday, if roberts/nonu/sbw etc did that it wouldnt have gone as unoticed. A non expansive, solid 12 is how england have played for a long time. If fans dont like that complain at the system not the player who is obviously doing everything asked of him - otherwise he'd have already been dropped. also if you want to play a smaller play maker in that position dont complain when he gets smashed and disappears from the england set up, for reference - allen and tait etc

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  • fatprop
    11:51 PM 19/11/2012

    I agree with you Burns is not physical enough for centres Barritt i like alot always have done, better attacker than given credit for because he does make alot of yards in fairness to him.

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  • fatprop
    11:47 PM 19/11/2012

    Please God not strettle, but I agree with the back row shake up 6. Robshaw good tackler could still captain the team though Woods would not weaken the team in anyway( would be captain if not for foot injury ) 7. And bloody Armitage the best top 14 player wrecking ball and he is not picked which makes no sense when we can not slow the opposition ball down woods could be good but not sure at openside ? 8. Launchbury, not a fan of Morgan he goes missing against big teams. Only wish we had our own Louis Picamoles

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  • jeppy89
    6:55 PM 19/11/2012

    Not making any rash accusations, but I would like to know how many people calling for burns to play, ESPECIALLY at 12 have watched him play this season as opposed to just seen his stats. He is undoubtedly a incredible talent hopefully at the start of a long and successful rise - you cannot however just pick a 10 at 12 and claim the extra play making outweighs everything else you change. Freddie is a 10 - to suggest he should play at 12 against SA on his debut test to me suggests that none of us have learnt from past mistakes. Centres is a highly magnified position - its hard enough to debut there especially when its not your position, barely even mentioning the strength SA have in strike runners in that position. There is also an abundant lack of understanding as to barrits position in this team. Please dont miss quote me or misunderstand my comments here, Im not for a moment saying we should play this way but the set up lancaster seems to playing around Manu's game requires a centre like Barrit. Manu's tackling prowess is well documented, his all round defence however needs a lot of work. He is still looking for the big smash and regularly shafting the winger with overlaps happened at least twice again at the weekend. Barrit at least adds security in this position and appears to do better than others have at keeping manu in the line as he should.

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  • stroudos
    5:51 PM 19/11/2012

    True. But his follow-up comment did...

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  • 5:36 PM 19/11/2012

    actually grammar would sugget that he wrote your and not you're...which is basically what happened. You're referring to syntax. Grammar, it's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit. ...anyway....back to Rugby...:)

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  • pretzel
    1:53 PM 19/11/2012

    Calm down Yoda, I never directly said "you are an idiot for your mistake", I just found it fairly amusing and ironic that you called someone an idiot whilst using an entirely different word. Grammar would suggest that you wrote "youre", and neglected to put in the little ', bad spelling, or at least a lapse of concentration meant you put "your" instead, which is not so much grammar as it is spelling. Anyway, it was a passing, cheeky comment, that really did not require the lengths of explanation from others and from myself.

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  • stroudos
    12:39 PM 19/11/2012

    Yoda: Grammar in a Rugbydump comment section is not a reflection of idiocy. I would go as far as stating that; miss-using grammar is idiotic, is on the other hand.Mate, do you actually know what the word "grammar" means? This comment suggests that you don't. In fact, because of the poor grammar, the comment actually doesn't make sense.

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  • foxtrot
    11:38 AM 19/11/2012

    In all honesty I think the English played quite well and made some excellent breaks and had some good backline play. Can be improved of course but that just means playing more together, I think they are going to give us trouble next week.

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  • danknapp
    10:47 AM 19/11/2012

    Jokes on me, it should be spelt misusing. I do want to point out my original (poorly spelt) post was a joke. Not having a dig! :D

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  • danknapp
    10:45 AM 19/11/2012

    Jokes aside, I agree with some of the points you make. I'm still not convinced Burns is ready for the test arena, but I really want him to be.

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  • danknapp
    10:44 AM 19/11/2012

    Do you mean mis-using?

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  • fatprop
    11:47 PM 18/11/2012

    Then Flood and Tuilagi could be on the bench then you could have flood closing out the game. And Tuilagi could come off the bench and be a battering ram towards the line when they have tired legs

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  • fatprop
    11:43 PM 18/11/2012

    Surley this is just cheating from Australia you cant have the best openside flanker in the world then you just replace him with some 21 year old look-a-like who is as good as him ! also i would not have flood playing. I dont mind him but if we had burns he would be able to get pass players with the half chances then at 12 i dont know who we would have though barritt is not that bad the offload to tuilagi was impressive for the try. If you want complete fast attacking rugby then 9. Care 10. Burns 11. Wade 12. Goode ( quick enough and good defence) 13. Joseph 14. Ashton 15. Abendanon could play ?

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  • eggman
    10:31 PM 18/11/2012

    You are is abbreviated you're, not your. Thus the irony

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  • stroudos
    10:26 PM 18/11/2012

    Nice to see Michael Lynagh back in public punditry, mainly of course because I think he talks a lot of sense. I'd actually forgotten about his stroke at the beginning and thought "hang on, why does he seem nervous?", but good to see he seems to have now made a full recovery.

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  • pretzel
    10:12 PM 18/11/2012

    @Yoda "Your an idiot"....Oh the irony XD

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  • facepalm
    10:01 PM 18/11/2012

    Well if I say anything more I'll only be repeating myself, so to save us going round in circles I will agree to disagree. One thing I will add is that the decision to tap and go near the end was actually made by Robshaw. When RD uploads highlights listen to him shouting "GO..GOOOO!".

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  • facepalm
    9:39 PM 18/11/2012

    I want to make it clear, when I said "injuries aside" I was not using it as an excuse for a terrible England performance. I said it so that no one would reply "Joseph and Foden are injure blah blah you stupid or something?"

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  • facepalm
    9:25 PM 18/11/2012

    I believe Youngs and Care are the 2nd and 3rd best scrum halves in the NH (Parra is 1st). Both are absolutely quality players. Selecting either would be a good choice. I have to disagree with you that neither can produce imaginative rugby. Both of them can produce great rugby.

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  • facepalm
    9:22 PM 18/11/2012

    Form alone is NOT everything. Teams must be selected based upon form + ability + potential. And Ben Youngs did NOT cost us that game, I'd love to see your reasoning behind that. It may have passed your memory but it was a poor kick from Care that lead to Cummins going over in the corner (granted there were other factors leading to that). By recent times I am referring to the brief period from late 2010 - early 2011 when watching England was actually enjoyable. I may be severely miss-placed and out of my depth to argue with Sir Clive Woodward, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am of the opinion that Foden is the best option at full back. You mentioned the need to find a balance with creative attacking rugby, I assume you implied that we need more composure and control? Why? What we desperately need is more creativity, otherwise we would just stick with Barrett and Farrell. And what makes Brown more controlled than Foden? There's few full backs I would feel safer with than Foden. I completely agree with you on Burns. And I also completely agree with Kadova's comment. Burns can attack and act as a foil (similar to Goode) to Flood. So we can then distribute it to our back 3 and unlock our potential as a team.

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  • darabman
    9:16 PM 18/11/2012

    Sadly, I think neither Youngs nor Care can be relied upon to produce an entire game's worth of imaginative rugby. Both have their moments, and both deserve selection, but maybe Youngs should be starting more games and Care finishng them? I think Wade is dead quick and a good finisher, in my opinion criminally underused. Otherwise, we don't see a lot of the quins back line being matched up at once, I reckon that would inject a bit of pace.

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  • kadova
    9:02 PM 18/11/2012

    It looks to me as an outsider (i'm not english) that they don't use their backs 3. They have to change the way they play to get theirs backs to score tries (Ashton scores when he's moving to centre during matches). Also, all teams have injuries. England have, Australia have, South Africa have, France have, Ireland have. For instance, both Ireland and France lost their captains amongst others (BOD and Dusautoir). There's something wrong going on in the English team and they have to sort this out, or they will loose all their test matches (apart from Fidji).

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  • facepalm
    8:49 PM 18/11/2012

    Irrespective of form, the best rugby England has played in recent times is with Youngs and Flood. They are the best half back pairing we have at the minute. It's pretty warped logic to say a few bad games = a bad player. Youngs is the man to win us world cups, Care is the man to win us games vs Fiji. Regarding the Foden/Brown dilemma - Foden has asserted himself as a quality test player, tbh I think he's our best player when on song. If you're banging on about the need for an "X-Factor" then surely Foden is superior to Brown? Gargh

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  • facepalm
    8:10 PM 18/11/2012

    I think Robinson really summarised it. No one in the English back line could provide a spark. Whereas Beale & co looked threatening pretty much every time they got the ball. Lancaster needs to have a major selection turnaround, else we will always remain as an average side. Injuries aside.. : 9) Youngs 10) Flood 11) Wade 12) Burns 13) Joseph 14 Ashton 15) Foden Essentially something needs to change, and it needs to change quickly. It's no use repeating how this is a developing side that needs time. At some point we must see a development. I'm sick of hearing Lancaster bang on about positive aspects of England's game just after losing. If we lost, then we must address the negatives and eliminate them for next time. In this case, there were heaps of negatives, but what stood out for me was our lack of running game in the backs. Drop Barrett and for fuck sake give Burns a go.

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