England Rugby 2018/19 Thread

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by Tigs Man, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. TRF_Olyy

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    No but no Binny means Wilson to 8, then who to 6.
    Although had forgotten about Morgan at 8, better hand than Hughes, more power than Hughes, better rugby brain....
     
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    According to the stats Olyy posted Hughes beat 74 defenders in the GP, third highest in the whole league, while Morgan beat a paltry 49.

    So the guys with lap tops choose him. Lies, damned lies and all that.
     
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    I hope we can see how that back 3 plays out. I don’t think Underhill starts the World Cup though. With his injury record not sure I can see him starting with games so close together. I’d love to be wrong but I think EJ will stick with Wilson, Curry, Binny with Underhill off the bench.
     
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    Agreed, Underhill can cover 6 or 7, with Wilson moving to 8.
     
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    Maro has been playing 6 for sarries and doing a great job for last few weeks
     
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    I agree maro lawes iseikwe have all proved they can play very well at 6 and is good to know they can do a job if called upon but they shouldnt be chosen ahead of actual back rowers. Emergancy only for me.
     
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    I'd still rather have 2 of those at 6 ahead of shields...
     
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    I know this 'like' goes against my previous comment but i forgot about Shields he doesnt bring that much.
     
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    Marler in the Barbarians squad
     
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    Love to know if Jones’ finger prints are anywhere near this.
     
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    Hope he wants to be in the england world cup squad from this, i dont think he will be England's savior or anything but hes a great player to have sat at home.
     
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    Especially with Mako currently injured
    I know he's due back just before the squad is announced but hamstrings are fickle beasts
     
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    Just depends if you go to japan with 3 second row and 6 backrow
    Or 4 locks and 5 loosies
     
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    4 and 5 would be my guess

    Krutoje, Lawes, Launch
    Wilson, Curry, Binny, Hughes, Underhill (or Simmonds - depends how he comes through the playoffs and if Eddie gives him a go during warmups. Wilson playing all across the backrow makes Simmonds task harder.)
     
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    Thats how i would select it
    But i haven't got a squad right yet
    I can see eddy going for Hughes over luancbury
     
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    I feel Underhill is quite clearly ahead of Simmonds in the pecking order no? Obviously I prefer him, because Bath bias, but I mean Eddie’s selection decisions point to it quite clearly I’d say. Of course EJ isn’t above a very sudden and decisive volte-face, so who knows.

    Agree on the 4-5, can anyone see Eddie not taking as many locks as he can get away with ... ?
     
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    Yep. This worries me. Launch doesn’t seem to be a particular favourite of Eddie’s which surprises me given how much he values work rate.

    I wouldn’t pick Hughes at all, let alone pick him thinking he can cover lock.
     
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    Would agree with that, especially as a couple of the locks can cover back row in an emergency.

    Locks are a no brainer.

    Curry and Binny are on the plane as first choices. Underhill would be my first choice 6 and and can also cover Curry. Simmonds is a good impact sub & generally useful utility player that a RWC squad needs. We need another 8 who can start if needs be so that’s Hughes v Wilson v Mercer v (possibly) Shields. Sadly Morgan appears not to come into the equation. It would be massively tough to leave Wilson out and he can cover other positions.
     
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    I agree Underhill will be ahead of Simmonds atm but a i do highly rate a fully fit SSimmonds, he can bring alot to the game but unless he smashes it in the play offs then i doubt he will be picked by EJ as hes played next to no rugby.
     
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