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England vs Barbarians

Post by hooking_king » Fri May 25, 2012 11:16 am

Team: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/18202933

Why on earth has Lancaster gone with the least attacking midfield in the top half of the premiership this season? I know that he hasn't got the Tigers and Quins players but still, this was a chance to experiment against a (traditionally) all attack Barbarians side. That means there will be plenty of opportunity to counter attack. I really do think that if England start the Sarries midfield against SA on 9th June we are on a hiding to nothing. (I, of course, hope I eat my words!)

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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by jgriffin » Fri May 25, 2012 12:36 pm

B Foden (Northampton Saints); C Ashton (Northampton Saints), B Barritt (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), C Wade (London Wasps); C Hodgson (Saracens), L Dickson (Northampton Saints); M Stevens (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), P Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), M Botha (Saracens), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), C Fearns (Bath Rugby), P Dowson (Northampton Saints, capt).

Replacements: L Mears (Bath Rugby), M Mullan (Worcester Warriors), J Launchbury (London Wasps), J Gibson (London Irish), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), J Joseph (London Irish), A Goode (Saracens).

Boring with a seriously underpowered attack and a seriously weak front row.
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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by BJ. » Fri May 25, 2012 1:24 pm

jgriffin wrote:Boring with a seriously underpowered attack and a seriously weak front row.
What else can we expect when the numpties schedule this match just 24 hours after the best two clubs in the country have knocked seven shades out of each other? :smt102

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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by Will S » Fri May 25, 2012 2:08 pm

The back three are the only unit that look even close to international standard and with that midfield they will never get to see the ball :smt013

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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by me2 » Fri May 25, 2012 3:17 pm

BJ, when else do you suggest the match is scheduled?

Any earlier & the league is still going on, meaning MORE players unavailable Any later & England will already be on tour.

The alternative is not to schedule the game at all & then the RFU will miss out on lots of revenue, be more likely to try to schedule another international during the regular season or cut costs in other ways such as reducing grassroots funding, thus impacting the spread & development of the game in this country.


The "England vs Barbarians" game was previously the Premiership Champions vs a World XV or Barbarians but that wasn't very popular with the clubs (including the club that had to play the match) so the England fixture was seen as a suitable compromise.

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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by BJ. » Fri May 25, 2012 3:42 pm

Quite simply there is too much rugby being played. Players cannot be expected to perform for almost 11 months of the year. But hey, why should the authorities care about burn-out or early retirements through injury as long as they get their wonga?
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Re: England vs Barbarians

Post by Jose » Fri May 25, 2012 11:27 pm

I'm inclined to agree that the England vs Baa-baas rubbish the day after the Premiership final is the least painful way forward. RFU gets some money from people who don't know any better, no Tigers players have to waste their time playing in it so long as they've made the Premiership final and it's not like anybody makes you watch it or read about it! Agree it's a woeful attacking midfield etc, etc, but I won't watch it and don't care.
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