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Post by LondonTiger on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 11:49 am

First topic message reminder :

At some point in the summer, Eddie Jones will announce his initial EPS. He has been talking about the difficulty he faces trying to whittle it down to that number and it will be interesting to see what he comes up with. Who would be in your EPS?

As a reminder:

The deal with PRL allows Eddie Jones to name a 45 man squad. the clubs get money for players contributed, Jones can call on them for an agreed amount of training camps and England can (to a degree) manage their workload. Jones is allowed to make a number of changes to this half way through the season. Separate 33 man training squads are announced prior to the AIs and the 6Ns - these squads are NOT restricted to players in the EPS.

Last Seasons EPS members (Bold in Both, Italics added on 31st December, normal font dropped from squad):

Forwards

Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)
Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Jamie George (Saracens)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)  
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)

Sam Jones (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

Tommy Taylor
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers)

Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Alex Goode (Saracens)
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)

Joe Simpson (Wasps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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Post by Cumbrian on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:24 pm

Forgot about him, has he managed to get much game time since moving from Bristol?
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Post by Scottrf on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:25 pm

Cumbrian wrote:Forgot about him, has he managed to get much game time since moving from Bristol?
No. Appeared from the bench last weekend but that's it. Prop integration can be slow.

So obviously nowhere near being the best option but has featured in the past.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:27 pm

So Cole starts in the AI's.....!

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Post by Scottrf on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:28 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:So Cole starts in the AI's.....!

Can't see anything else happening.

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Post by lostinwales on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 12:34 pm

I guess the thing about punishment for an illegal act is what are the consequences? If Sinkler never does it again then you could argue that the sanction was correct. It's too easy to concentrate on the hanging and flogging aspects rather than the required end result.

Luckily Patterson was unharmed which is the main thing

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 2:35 am

Sinckler is a problem, very nearly cost the Lions a draw. Someone needs to put him straight. Be quite the front row if you have Hartley and Sinckler and Marler...though the odds on all 3 not being banned at the same time seems quite unlikely

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 5:08 am

GeordieFalcon wrote:So Cole starts in the AI's.....!

I imagine he always was.

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Post by Scottrf on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:01 am

Gwlad wrote:Sinckler is a problem, very nearly cost the Lions a draw. Someone needs to put him straight. Be quite the front row if you have Hartley and Sinckler and Marler...though the odds on all 3 not being banned at the same time seems quite unlikely
Odds on dominating the Welsh front row even if we only play 2 in the front row are huge though.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:07 am

I wouldn't worry we could always bring in calm heads like genge.

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Re: England's Elite Performance Squad - 2017/18

Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:18 am

Gwlad wrote:Sinckler is a problem, very nearly cost the Lions a draw. Someone needs to put him straight. Be quite the front row if you have Hartley and Sinckler and Marler...though the odds on all 3 not being banned at the same time seems quite unlikely

laughing laughing laughing laughing Laugh Laugh Laugh

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Post by BamBam on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:22 am

Gives the little Welsh lambs a chance to compete if we have each of our front row take 10 mins for a breather, you should be in favour of that front row Gwlad

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Post by munkian on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 9:58 am

Scottrf wrote:
Gwlad wrote:Sinckler is a problem, very nearly cost the Lions a draw. Someone needs to put him straight. Be quite the front row if you have Hartley and Sinckler and Marler...though the odds on all 3 not being banned at the same time seems quite unlikely
Odds on dominating the Welsh front row even if we only play 2 in the front row are huge though.

They aren't though are they petal ? Hug
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:02 am

Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

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Post by BamBam on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:11 am

No 7&1/2 wrote:Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

Samson Lee is at least twice as stupid

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Post by munkian on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:16 am

No 7&1/2 wrote:Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

Baldwin isn't first choice hooker by a long way.

Plus you have Marler, Cole and Hartley in your front row, hardly Mensa is it ?
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:19 am

I don't know their iq scores so couldn't tell you.

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Re: England's Elite Performance Squad - 2017/18

Post by Cumbrian on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:56 am


When did this turn into ‘our fatties are smarter than your fatties’ debate? They’re all forwards, they are there to drag knuckles and biff each other whilst the backs play the real game. Very Happy
I was being a bit alarmist before but, we are weaker, but still not particularly weak. We could still put out a decent front row even without Marler, Harley and Sinkler.

01. Mako Vunipola
02. Jamie George
03. Dan Cole

01. Ellis Genge
02. Luke Cowan-Dickie
03. Harry Williams

You could argue that the top set is in actual fact our strongest line up anyway and I would back the one below to give all the northern hemisphere teams a good go. Do need to start bringing through a decent young hooker though.

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Post by Scottrf on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 10:58 am

Last time LCD played for England he made Tom Youngs look like Phil Taylor.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 11:13 am

munkian wrote:
No 7&1/2 wrote:Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

Baldwin isn't first choice hooker by a long way.

A long way? He's 2nd choice isn't he?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 11:31 am

LCD went to pot again't france but I'm sure there was.another game he came on and nailed everything. When he burst on the scene he was iffy in the scrum and very iffy on lineout but last year he was one of the most improved players in the prem. There is a different level.of pressure playing for England but I think he can do it very well. Tbf most players coming through showing promise are now showing actual development and improvement. Very encouraging. And yes that's down to clubs and international coaching staff.

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Post by Poorfour on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 12:44 pm

Genge I think is ready and could challenge for a squad place now depending on the type of game. Against a better scummaging side I think Jones will still prefer Marler, but against some of the weaker scrums I could see Mako/Genge as a combination.

Williams does not look to me like he can actually scrummage. I see what Jones sees in him in the loose, but presumably he is hoping that he will pick up in the tight quickly. Collier has been noticeably putting himself about around the park a lot more so far this season, so is clearly trying to get into contention.

On Sinckler my understanding is that the ban is for having made contact with the eye area while grabbing the player's scrum cap, rather than an actual gouge or attempted gouge. He'll miss the AIs but it may be good for him in the long run if he learns his lesson. I don't think Eddie will hold it against him - after all, he made Hartley captain - but if another player seizes the opportunity he'll have to take the shirt back rather than be given it.

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Post by Scottrf on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 12:50 pm

I don't think so. If it was in the process of grabbing the scrum cap, it wouldn't be intentionally making contact with the eye.

IMO the sentence should be increased because he got a reduction for pleading guilty then made statements afterwards that it was accidental. All we actually have is people saying what they need to reduce the sentence.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 12:55 pm

I can understand that point and have found it frustrating. Recent is cane vs ireland hartley for saints. Both cases were caused due to a player slipping and the other falling after a tackle which in my mind are similar as the tackler couldnt have been expected to foresee the change in the player approach. One pleaded guilty and hen has a default ban and the other pleading innocent and got away with nothing.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 1:11 pm

Poorfour wrote: but against some of the weaker scrums I could see Mako/Genge as a combination.
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They're both loose heads Poorfour?

Edit: Sorry do you mean starter and bench option...

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 6:22 pm

BamBam wrote:
No 7&1/2 wrote:Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

Samson Lee is at least twice as stupid

based on what?

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 7:49 pm

Gwlad wrote:
BamBam wrote:
No 7&1/2 wrote:Depends if all your front row are as stupid as your hooker. The rfu are organising an exotic animals petting zoo for you in the 6ns.

Samson Lee is at least twice as stupid

based on what?

What was that blokes name, came from around Regents Park way......................................... Got it now, Guy. He was a major attraction locally, well known across the world. Kids cried when he passed away.

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Re: England's Elite Performance Squad - 2017/18

Post by propdavid_london on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 9:28 am

So, Clifford may or may not be out now with a dislocated shoulder! On the + side, Sam Simmonds of Chiefs looks to be carrying on from where he was pre injury and would be my shout for an EPS call up - could even make the bench in November!
Thoughts?

Billy V, Clifford, and B.Morgan all injured at the moment.
Haskell can cover no.8 but isn't a specialist.
Will T.Harrison get another shot?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 9:55 am

From the sounds of some of the commentary from BT at the weekend it sounds like this could be a more experimental lineup than I anticipated thus he may well test out simmonds early on. Looks nailed on haskell will be rested as well so the AI s may be a little tricky if there's going to be wholesale changes.

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Post by beshocked on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 10:05 am

Haskell rested? Laugh He shouldn't be getting in the England side based on his performances in the last year.

Beast mode is a thing of the past now. Haskell has looked well off the pace.


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Post by No 7&1/2 on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 10:12 am

I'm well on the record to say I agree but jones does seem to like him.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 11:32 am

Simmonds looks tiny!
He looks like an outside centre...and runs like one.


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Post by lostinwales on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 12:13 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:I'm well on the record to say I agree but jones does seem to like him.

Same. I wouldn't discount Haskell but he does need to show he can offer more than the alternatives and I am not sure he can any more

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Post by propdavid_london on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 12:39 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:Simmonds looks tiny!
He looks like an outside centre...and runs like one.

Everyone does next to Billy!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 1:26 pm

I think Simmonds is only 6' isn't he. Not huge as 8's go at international level .

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Post by Cumbrian on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 1:47 pm

His body seems more like openside such as McCaw or Pocock than what I would normally associate with a No.8. What is his breakdown work/link play like?
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 1:56 pm

I think everyones just focused on his ball carrying to notice the other aspects of his game marra.

On another note, Poor Clifford isn't having much luck is he...?

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Post by yappysnap on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 3:59 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:Simmonds looks tiny!
He looks like an outside centre...and runs like one.


Watched the highlights programme and thought he was a centre! Have just looked and seen he isn't Shocked

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 4:12 pm

Number 8 Yappy...that's why im saying he's small for an international 8 if he's being considered.

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Post by Cumbrian on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 4:28 pm

Fair enough, I haven't actually been able to see him play yet this season. If he is a good enough player he may just make up for his lack of size. May end up being a utility back rower though. Clifford really is unlucky, he would really have had a chance to make a claim for a spot in the 23.
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Post by lostinwales on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 7:43 pm

Cumbrian wrote:Fair enough, I haven't actually been able to see him play yet this season. If he is a good enough player he may just make up for his lack of size. May end up being a utility back rower though. Clifford really is unlucky, he would really have had a chance to make a claim for a spot in the 23.

Its been tried, he's better on the wing

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Post by Cumbrian on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 7:52 pm

Boom boom. laughing
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Post by propdavid_london on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:01 pm

Who else is there are no.8 cover?
Even Waldrom is injured at the moment. Don Armond I am sure has played 8 before.
Do either of the Currys play 8?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:05 pm

Nathan Hughes will start.
Clifford out
Billy V Out
Morgan out

Mark Wilson plays 8, but is not the best option...he's a grafting flanker.
Simmonds looks on fire
Beaumont..?
Harrison - How is he playing?

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Post by Scottrf on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:07 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:Harrison - How is he playing?

I would say okay - not at his best, not badly.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:11 pm

So not likely to be an option Scott?

Simmonds probably on the bench then if he's still pulling up trees.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:12 pm

I think haskell will be on the bench to cover the back row with Robshaw underhill and Hughes starting.

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Post by Scottrf on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:14 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:So not likely to be an option Scott?

Simmonds probably on the bench then if he's still pulling up trees.

I dunno. Even though I think he's a 7 and he's been playing at 7 he seems to play better at 8 with more carrying responsibility. Hard to say when you only watch 1/2 games a weekend, I would be surprised if he's in the matchday squad but not shocked at a call up.

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Post by propdavid_london on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:27 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:Nathan Hughes will start.
Clifford out
Billy V Out
Morgan out

Mark Wilson plays 8, but is not the best option...he's a grafting flanker.
Simmonds looks on fire
Beaumont..?
Harrison - How is he playing?
Beaumont is out injured - medium/long term I believe

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Post by lostinwales on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 4:59 pm

propdavid_london wrote:
GeordieFalcon wrote:Nathan Hughes will start.
Clifford out
Billy V Out
Morgan out

Mark Wilson plays 8, but is not the best option...he's a grafting flanker.
Simmonds looks on fire
Beaumont..?
Harrison - How is he playing?
Beaumont is out injured - medium/long term I believe

Just seen it on the beeb - 3 months with a torn bicep. To be honest he had a small window to get into the team and has missed it. Never say never but I doubt he'll be in consideration again.

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Post by Gwlad on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 5:01 pm

Question is will Sam Burgess play at 6 or 12?

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