First thing, Catt didn't start playing first grade rugby until he came to the UK. You can't say he couldn't cope with SA physicality when he didn't concentrate on his rugby until he left. It was 1992/3, the game was still amateur, and he was barely 20.Originally posted by el_tk@Dec 1 2005, 09:18 AM
Abbott is South African and really shouldn't be playing for England, as like Mike Catt, he couldn't cope physically in South Africa.
Leinster don't need a front row because they can win a match with 10% to 15% of the posession.
With all due respect, every team needs a front row. If Australia had one, they wouldn't be in the trouble they are right now. Leinster's got turned inside out by Bath in the HC at the RDS a couple of months ago. They had far more than 10-15% possession (more like 50-55%), and couldn't win at home against a, let's face it, average Premiership team.