Exciting times

Exciting times

Stuart Barnes believes England's squad for the tour of South Africa has the right mix of experience and youth.

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Chris Mayo says...

There aren't any real alternatives to Monye and Strettle on the wing so England will just have to make do. I personally think Monye is underrated and was unlucky to be overlooked by Martin Johnson. He definitely isn't an international full back but as a specialist winger there is no substitute for pace and his cover defence is very strong. Looking forward to seeing Ben Morgan go up against Pierre Spies. The south african man is a genetic freak but has never performed well at international level and morgan has all the skills and attributes of his south african counterpart despite not being in as good physical condition. As an Exeter Chiefs fan, I think Tom Johnson is lucky two other Toms who play 6 are injured otherwise he wouldn't be on the plane. All in all should be a great tour

Posted 11:31 11th May 2012

Nathan Pomeroy says...

You guys are going to get pommelled!!!!!

Posted 07:50 11th May 2012

Dave Archer says...

England have a huge advantage in freshness. The Stormers vs Bulls, probably of critical importance to both teams, is 1 week before the 1st test. Anyway hopefully Meyer also goes with a bit of awesome young talent that has come to the fore in Super 15, great pity about Goosen. GO THE BOKKE !!!

Posted 21:44 10th May 2012

Steve Norman says...

Where's Jonny May?

Posted 18:09 10th May 2012

Paul Arista says...

I agree with the majority of the selections but I'm disappointed with the lack of a specialist 7 again. Having been to Sale a few times recently why no Seymour and also Armitage looks to be playing well in France. If you look at what were up against in SA i.e Brussouw I think we've missed a trick. Also, what about a few of the Gloucester young guns like Trinder or May. May especially could have been a devastating on the hard grounds. All in all ok though I'd be happy with a 2-1 result.

Posted 17:07 10th May 2012

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