Phillips to miss November Tests

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by An Tarbh, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Mike Phillips has been ruled out for 3 months following the ankle injury he picked up in the win over Clermont on Sunday. As well as missing the November matches he'll miss the double header against Viadana and it's touch and go as to whether he'll be fit for the final pool matches away to Clermont and home to Leicester given that the best case scenario is him being out for 10-12 weeks.

    BBC Sport

    So who's in pole position for the Autumn, Cooper, Peel, or would Roberts or Rees have a chance, even Williams is an option but surely that would be a last resort.
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  3. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    ... If you need me, I'll be in the angry dome.

  4. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Why so upset? He is just an overrated big-mouth anyway...
  5. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Overrated? Oh please, he's probably the biggest marmite player in the game. And when on form he is terrific.
  6. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    What the hell is a marmite player? :huh:
  7. You either love him, or hate him.

    The moment he shuts his gob, I love him.

    Start Shane Williams at Scrum Half, and have Mark Jones and Tom James on the wings. Shaney spent most of his early career at SH, and looked comftable there last weekend when he slotted in.

    Worth noting the Ospreys have also lost Jamie Nutbrown, their second-choice SH for the exact same period of time. Just as well they signed three 9s over the summer, then.
  8. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    Phillips is a loss, however he hasn't been in great form since returning from the Lions tour. It looks like Peel's really found some form again at Sale, so I'd start him v NZ, Martin Roberts on the bench (who's really upped his game this season). Shane didn't look particulary comfortouble on Sunday, infact all he did was pop the ball up to the forwards. Shane tries a little too hard from scrum half, often meaning he's unavailable for the next ruck. He'd be behind Peel, Martin Roberts and Cooper for me. Shane may have started his early career at 9, but that was at Amman united in devision 2, 3? He was converted instantly into a winger by Lyn Jones for a reason, because he wasn't a good enough scrum half! He's not a good enough sh at regional level, let alone international.
  9. bgrugbyfan

    bgrugbyfan Guest

    GRRR. Even if we have Peely to fall back on (or start), we'd still like to have two decent SH's. That's just one more chink in the armor- at this point, we're going to be lucky to have enough players to put on the pitch.
  10. bristol-iain

    bristol-iain Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jer1cho @ Oct 20 2009, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    That means when he plays he is the yeast of your problems

    :lol: :lol:

    No? Nuts to ya then :p
  11. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    Martin Roberts is a very decent scrum half. If the forwards can supply the ball, both Peel and Roberts are easily good enough to use that ball. The majour problem with loosing Phillips is his ability to play on the back foot, so if the forwards don't get parity, were gonna be worse off.
  12. SmokeyMonkey

    SmokeyMonkey Guest

    I hope Gatland just bites the bullet and plays Peel, he's the next best by a country mile.
  13. Olyy

    Olyy Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SmokeyMonkey @ Oct 20 2009, 09:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    This is true, his two games so far with Sale this season he's really stood out (though tbf, the way sale are playing it's not hard to stand out, but you get what i mean)
  14. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Oct 20 2009, 04:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jer1cho @ Oct 20 2009, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DuncTheDoodle @ Oct 20 2009, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I thought it was something to do with fake tan. Just goes to show eh.
  15. Blindside6

    Blindside6 Guest

    Peel would be the sensible automatic choice but the NZ game is outside the IRB agreed window. Peel plays for Sale and the WRU don't have an agreement with the GP clubs as they do the regions. So Sale are within their rights to not let Peel free to train with the Welsh squad before the game. If that happens the choice really is between Roberts (in form) or Cooper (big game experience).

    As an aside I'd like to see maybe Tavis Knoyle get at least a bench spot for the 'lesser' games as he seems to be quite an exciting prospect.
  16. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    I haven't seen much of Knoyle. Maybe a couple of games of Wales U20 games with him featuring. I don't think he's ready for a Wales spot just yet. Wayne Evans at the Dragon's must be there or therabouts though?

    I hope Peel can be released, he's certainly the best option available.
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