England Team Announced

2 02 2010

England vs Wales:

D Armitage (London Irish); M Cueto (Sale Sharks), M Tait (Sale Sharks), R Flutey (Brive), U Monye (Harlequins); J Wilkinson (Toulon), D Care (Harlequins); T Payne (Wasps), D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), J Haskell (Stade Francais), L Moody (Leicester), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements: S Thompson (Brive), D Cole (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), S Armitage (London Irish), P Hodgson (London Irish), T Flood (Leicester), B Foden (Northampton).

More or less as expected although the Compulsive Hooker is mystified by the inclusion of Tim Payne at loose head. His struggles for Wasps are well documented this season and we can’t help but feel he will be eaten alive by the Welsh front row, which contains three current British and Irish Lions. Barring our preference of a swap of the scrum halves picked, the only other quibble we have is the inclusion of Louis Deacon on the bench. Even more plodding and pedestrian than Borthwick, we would have loved to see Courtney Lawes given a shot. We are pleased to see Dan Cole there as he looks like one for the future.

The Welsh side is yet to be announced as it is unclear yet whether the appeal against Byrne’s pending ban will be successful or not. They are apparently training with two different combinations, one with Hook at 15 or the other with Byrne there and Hook at 12.



One response

2 02 2010

What’s the average age? 55??

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: