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- Jan 25, 2013
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On the less-good side of the coin is Eddie's tactical intransigence, and his selection based on that.
For example, Farrell (sorry) was great against Ireland, and good against France; but he's still too rugby-by-numbers for me (and those 2 teams played straight into our hands from the off). He's great at following the play book, but as Wales, Italy and Scotland showed - he's still poor at adapting to what's going on around him. He's very good at "follow me into the breach" leadership, but equally poor at tactical leadership. He's also improved out of sight in talking to the ref - mostly by avoiding doing so.
Agree with all of that - but a solution to that would seem to be, hoik Farrell the minute that our set-play blitz has lost momentum (even if it's the 20th).
We really need a scrum half. Barring the odd 1-2 matches a year, Youngs is not up to being a first choice starter. Like Faz though, he's untouchable, and no-one else is allowed a chance to show what they could do. Equally, we've got Te'o Hughes and Shields as Eddie's favourites, though thankfully he seems to have given up on starting them, they're just further examples that Eddie has decided England can't play heads up rugby, and therefore aren't allowed to try.
Although I wouldn't exactly pick Te'o and Hughes, I'm not entirely sure what you mean by this?
I think when Underhill comes back in, he would have to be mental not to have Wilson, Curry and Sam in the first choice 23.
What I'm excited about is bringing in Ben Curry.
I think Sinckler's importance cannot be overstated - his skill level and workrate are obscene for a TH. And despite the media hackjob after the Wales game, he's fairly well in control of his temper now.
Genge will come good - I think he just needs to tighten his carrying up a little bit, there's always going to be a learning curve. He won't get away with his tendency to step/run backwards away from and around the defensive line when carrying so much at international level, and he'll need to secure the ball better in contact. But he'll come good.
Oh how I wish Paul Hill had developed into the player he should have by now. Sinckler, Hill, Genge and Vunipola all playing to their potential as a set of 4 props would be genuinely incredible.