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Northern Sold 1:59 Thu Jan 31
6 Nations
England side to take on the all conquering Micks on saturday... Manu starts... Flakey Ford on the bench...


15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 25 caps)
14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
12 Manu Tuiagi (Leicester Tigers, 27 caps)
11 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 65 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 80 caps)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 51 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 32 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 17 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 26 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 27 caps)
6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 8 caps)
7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 5 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 36 caps).

Finishers

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 68 caps)
20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 18 caps)
21 Dan Robson (Wasps, uncapped)
22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
23 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 42 caps).

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Sven Roeder 10:15 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Some will
Genuinely didn’t even know they had started.
It’s an east coast thing now so a lot of the country would have had it pass them by.
Should be 60,000 to 70,000 at the MCG for Richmond and probably close to 90,000 for Collingwood on Friday night.
How were the NRL crowds?

medwayhammer1 10:14 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Yeah I watched the game..I loosely follow the Roosters.

East Auckland Hammer 10:07 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
I will be.

Souths got off to a great start knocking off the reigning Premiers last weekend.

And the Warriors smashed the Bulldogs too, so what was nice for NZ.

medwayhammer1 10:05 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
So no one will be watching the NRL then in Aus?

Sven Roeder 9:32 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Ok, see you later then

East Auckland Hammer 9:28 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
*wristed

East Auckland Hammer 9:27 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Whew!

We all have our roles to play on these threads Sven, and I'd be disappointed if you neglected yours.

You limp-writes tennis bimbo.

Sven Roeder 9:22 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
I will pop in at the most annoying moments to point out your pomposity and arrogance
As you would expect.

East Auckland Hammer 9:18 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Wait on, are you actually saying that you're not going to be involved in ANY rugby threads until the end of the AFL season?

Sven Roeder 9:13 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Sorry, the AFL season starts Thursday night with Carlton v Richmond at the MCG so no one in Australia has any interest in the tubby mud cuddlers wheezing around the pitch.

East Auckland Hammer 8:47 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Nah, probably can't be bothered doing that NS.

Let's wait for Sven to do it.

Northern Sold 11:33 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
Jonah I do hope you post up a Tri Nations (or whatever that joke comp you are in) thread and we can all jump on and post about British Rugby...

East Auckland Hammer 12:49 Wed Mar 20
Re: 6 Nations
zebthecat 10:59 Tue Mar 19

That little shuffle has become more common I've noticed. I was always taught to stand with my foot beside the ball and pass straight from there.

In the days of the rush defence, that little shuffle is the difference between getting the ball out past the fly half and having him forced to turn back inside.

Of course, it's also often complicated by the opposition players slowly wandering their way back onside.

Aaron Smith for example has a bullet pass, so he can sometimes get away with it, but most halfbacks just slow down their backs with it.

I think the ABs brains trust will have seen plenty to like about the way the Scots dismantled England on the weekend. They'll also have enjoyed seeing the way Ireland were seen off with relative ease a couple of times.

Hard to go past Edwards for sure. The bloke has made a massive difference everywhere he's gone.

England on the other hand, have got a coach who has failed nearly everywhere he's been, including as coach of the ABs where his selection policy directly cost us any chance of winning the 2003 RWC....I mean, who the fucking hell would leave Christian Cullen out of a 30-man squad? And selecting Leon McDonald at centre vs Australia in the semi was a master-stroke....for Australia.

Takashi Miike 11:38 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
jonah, I'm tired of your bitchiness. you never stop with your almost autistic way of posting when talking about rugby. I want a conversation with someone reasonable rather than a chip on shoulder mentalist :.)

zebthecat 10:59 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
We do lack flair at 9 and 10. Youngs still does that shuffle step before he passes - Most top scrum halfs (and Dupont is very good at this) set when they pick up the ball and fire out the pass seamlessly.
Farrell is obviously easy to read as Finn Russell worked out exactly what he was going to do. He is a good fly half but not as good as George Ford who has a step and vision.
Our main problem on Saturday was the defence. Once the blitz fails there is jusr acres of space for people to run into. Beauden Barret worked this out in the Autumn international and so did Russell.
We need a new plan for World Cup or at least a flexible one.
Talking of coaches Shaun Edwards must be the best defence coach on the planet. It does help when you Liam WIlliams at 15.

East Auckland Hammer 10:48 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
No, I'm just highlighting the irony of quite a few people complaining about the way Wales play, when England dominated the world for a couple of years playing in an even more conservative manner.

Perhaps the game hasn't moved on quite as far as you think, when Wales are able to win yet another grand slam, under the leadership of Gatland (who also has a Lions series win in SA, and a draw in NZ on his resume remember, and with a very different tactical approach), and using a very sensible, pragmatic gameplan that plays to their strengths.

You know, like England did.

Takashi Miike 10:41 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
I don't care whether you're right of wrong, just why you feel the need to side with any team England play? I get it that Gatland and Schmidt are your fellow countrymen but you can't even talk about Wilkinson without bringing Wales up and how they compare to the England team of 2003. you must have been abused as a kid by a morris dancer, there can be no other reason for your strange hatred towards anything English

East Auckland Hammer 10:35 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
I'm not bitter, I'm simply stating a fact.

England won the World Cup with a very tight, controlled, disciplined gameplan.

Am I wrong?

Wales are having quite some success with a fairly tight, controlled, disciplined gameplan.

And suddenly "the game's moved on"?

What, like England now having shitloads of Kiwis and Pacific Islanders in their side? So suddenly, that's just life now eh?

No complaints, the "game's moved on".

Classic.

Takashi Miike 10:23 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
you're talking sixteen years ago and the game's moved on, though I'm not sure many teams are able to play expansive rugby and still stay disciplined which is why Gatland sticks to his gameplan. I like a few of the Welsh team, especially North, Williams & Davies. for you to mention the World Cup win again shows the bitterness always lurking beneath the surface, you just can't help yourself can you even when just talking about a player. hahahahaha

East Auckland Hammer 10:18 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
I didn't dislike Wilkinson. He was very good at what he did. What he did was fairly limited though, because the gameplan didn't involve much more than kicking and smashing the shit out of the opposition forward pack at every opportunity.

Which is why I find it so funny that people are complaining about Gatland's sides being boring.

England were successful with an even narrower gameplan than Wales.

Takashi Miike 10:10 Tue Mar 19
Re: 6 Nations
as much as you may have disliked him, Wilkinson was truly word class and we haven't got near replacing him

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