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Chris, No problems with Saracens at all.....time will tell,however how is it that a converted 10 is considered a better option at 15 than Brown who plays there for his club? Surely you saw Goode deliberate ponderously twice on retrieving a kick ahead and get nailed both times as well as being run over for the first Scottish try (admittedly from a poor Brown kick!!)? The Irish will have taken note of a defensive weakness and will not pass up the chance to give him a roughing up. The point about Burns is he offers us a strong alternative at ten if Farell is under performing and showed against NZ in his time on the field he has a bit of devil in him. We have strength in depth all over the team now and two 10's of international class is something any team would die for.....look at the no 9 position with Youngs and Care and see the advantage it gives us. I repeat no problem with Fez boys Chris.....oh unless you suggest that Borthwick was an inspirational choice as captain?
Posted 11:14 10th February 2013
Greg, so after beating the All Blacks brilliantly and prevailing over a Scotland side that were far from a pushover you want to drop every Saracens player, including the Man of the Match last Saturday from the (starting) England side, bar the mercurial Ashton. I don't disagree that Twelvetrees had a great debut and that Burns is a wonderful prospect but your negative comments centre on players from only one Club. As such it rather devalues the credibility of your comments and simply suggests some deep rooted animosity towards that Club. I do agree a Northern hemisphere ref. would be a positive.
Posted 17:22 7th February 2013
Hi Stuart what do you consider should be done to sort out the Scrum.It seems that a very small percentage of them are completed.The referees seem to be jusy guessing who are infringing.Do you think that the laws are in need of changing or referees better educated be ex front row forewards who were experts in the dark arts of the scrum
Posted 00:53 7th February 2013
Hi Stuart, what in your opinion are the main reasons why Lancaster is succeeding where Johnson failed? Also Twelvetrees had an excellent game against Scotland and it seems that many would like to see him pair up with Tuilangi for the Ireland clash. Has Barritt really done anything wrong to deserve being dropped to the bench, or do you think it is another combination Lancaster should experiment with in the development of this hugely promising England side? I thought that Barritt was excellent against New Zealand and, in thinking about Twelvetrees debut there is a huge difference between playing Sctoland at home and Ireland away. Is it worth the risk now?
Posted 00:25 7th February 2013
Lancaster has certainly impressed after the woeful Johnson however he has to forget about Goode at fullback,he lacks pace,can not tackle and twice against Scotland conceded yards and position. Put Brown in his proper position and play Wade or Varndell on the wing. Strettle is nowhere near a Test player. Twelvetrees is class and should start against Ireland with Tuilangi, let us play to our strengths and not worry about the Irish centers...Darcy is unlikely to be properly fit and although he is a supreme talent BOD is less effective when on the back foot....go for it England and believe in your ability..English arrogance!!..thanks Telfer.......hurry back Burns and give us a another option at ten. Pray for a Northern hemisphere referee also.........
Posted 10:11 6th February 2013