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Post by hugehandoff Wed 19 Feb 2020, 1:43 pm

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3pm at Twickers.
Ref: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Assistant 1: Romain Poite (France), Assistant 2: Alexandre Ruiz (France), TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

England:: Daly; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Joseph; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Launchbury, Ewels, Earl, Heinz, Slade.




Ireland: Ireland: Larmour; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, O'Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Porter, Toner, Doris, Cooney, Byrne, Earls.
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Post by yappysnap Fri 21 Feb 2020, 1:34 am

hugehandoff wrote:Daily Mail saying Manu back with Ford and Farrell. Lawes may return to counter Ireland lineout. Marler a slight injury doubt with Obano on standby for sub role.
Really hoping the Lawes thing is totally wrong.

Oh no! Not Lawes at 6, please not Lawes at 6! We were so much better with two flankers on the flanks against Scotland.

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Post by carpet baboon Fri 21 Feb 2020, 7:45 am

BamBam wrote:We do it just so we can rub in the fact we can actually put together 27 players without scrubbing through other countries cast off cupboard

???????

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 7:57 am

I thought we showed against New Zealand in the world cup that we're perfectly capable of running a line out with just two second rows.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 7:59 am

Does the Daily Heil suggest hes simply returning to lock with itoje rather than at 6?

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 8:28 am

carpet baboon wrote:
BamBam wrote:We do it just so we can rub in the fact we can actually put together 27 players without scrubbing through other countries cast off cupboard

???????

Just a little joke at 9 brain cells expense

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Post by SecretFly Fri 21 Feb 2020, 8:30 am

So why did the journalist want an apology again? Don't get it.

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Post by hugehandoff Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:16 am

No 7&1/2 wrote:Does the Daily Heil suggest hes simply returning to lock with itoje rather than at 6?

sadly not at 2nd row...at 6....fingers crossed that is wrong

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:29 am

POM has taken us apart a few times but I'm all for playing a flanker at 6. And tbf sending lawes back to the saints.

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:46 am

No 7&1/2 wrote:POM has taken us apart a few times but I'm all for playing a flanker at 6. And tbf sending lawes back to the saints.

Why would you not have Lawes in the 23?

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:59 am

Prefer kruis itoje to start and launchbury at the moment on the bench. Prefer the other options with the back row to him. Just the personal preference I have like meatier locks and just dont think hes ever excelled in any england back row combo. I appreciate he pressure scrum and fly halfs excellently and is great in the lineout but I prefer the overall contributions and combos more of the others.


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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 9:59 am

7.5 is a big Launchbury fan, I agree with Earl on the bench and it's close between Lawes and Launchbury - the latter has had a few good games against Ireland in the past

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:00 am

Huge launchbury fan.

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:05 am

So against Ireland where the lineout and pressuring the half backs is so important you're going to drop the guy who offers that in place of someone who doesn't?

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:08 am

https://twitter.com/foychris/status/1230795374727770113?s=21

Could be an interesting selection

"As per @Nik_Simon88 update, sounds like Furbank ruled out so Daly to full-back and Joseph on wing, with Tuilagi at 13. Could be Cowan-Dickie at hooker and Lawes at 6 too."

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:12 am

So a fly in the centre, a centre on the wing and at full back, a second row at 6 and a flanker at 8?

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:13 am

Think we need to come up with our version of the Toonie Tombola for Eddie

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:14 am

Surely Thorley is a better wing than JJ

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:16 am

BamBam wrote:Surely Thorley is a better wing than JJ

I've seen that it might be Slade at full back with Daly staying on the wing but can't disagree that Thorley would be a better option. Either way going to put a lot of pressure on Jonny May for the expected aerial bombardment.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:22 am

I think with kruis itoje curry ludlam we should have enough there. Also doesnt weaken the scrum and launchbury s all round game is now 2nd only to itoje. He s also the best a maul defence for me.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:23 am

Shame for furbank. It just seems this is the tournament he needs to make a mark as theres a couple of guys coming back from injury in the summer which will probably be looked at. If they can acclimatise faster they'll steal the spot.

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Post by lostinwales Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:28 am

Soul Requiem wrote:
BamBam wrote:Surely Thorley is a better wing than JJ

I've seen that it might be Slade at full back with Daly staying on the wing but can't disagree that Thorley would be a better option. Either way going to put a lot of pressure on Jonny May for the expected aerial bombardment.

If that is the case at least we know we have one of the best in the business for the job.

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Post by chris_501 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:38 am

BamBam wrote:Surely Thorley is a better wing than JJ

I appreciate that the 1st 6N since the World Cup shouldn't be all about building for France in 4 years time, but surely if you have a choice between a young winger or an older centre to play on the wing, you choose the option that will stand a chance to line up for the next World Cup?

It also makes you think what motivation is there for Thorley if he's training all week, just to see a spot given to another player out of position.

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Post by Collapse2005 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:03 am

So I see Tuilagi is going to start. Ireland will need to keep him under wraps.

England starting XV
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 41 caps)
14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 81 caps) C
11 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 49 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 67 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 97 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 69 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 47 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 33 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 36 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 43 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 83 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 21 caps)

Finishers
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)
18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 63 caps)
20 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
21 Ben Earl (Saracens, 1 cap)
22 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps)
23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps)


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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:04 am

Advantage Ireland based on that line up.

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Post by LondonTiger Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:07 am

5 chuffing locks in a 23 man squad. FFS!!!!!!!!

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Post by bluestonevedder Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:07 am

What is Eddie doing?

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:09 am

At least we've got plenty of options on the bench for replacements in the backs if it goes tits up...


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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:11 am

Ewels must have pics of Eddie in the nuddy to get in after his performance against France.

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Post by Duty281 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:11 am

bluestonevedder wrote:What is Eddie doing?

Most locks in a squad reward? Most players out of position in a starting XV reward?

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:13 am

I always want us to win, but I definitely don't want Eddie to feel vindicated and continue with this stupid selection if we do somehow beat the Irish

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Post by GeordieFalcon Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:14 am

Joseph...on the wing? Seriously???

And Ewells...WTF is he doing in there!!!

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:15 am

LondonTiger wrote:5 chuffing locks in a 23 man squad. FFS!!!!!!!!

There's five centres as well. Why Ewels and Slade are on the bench is a mystery, no back three cover.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:17 am

Yeah. That's not a good team.

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:19 am

The front row and the second row should function ok but beyond that I'm expecting a mess in attack.

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Post by LondonTiger Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:21 am

Soul Requiem wrote:
LondonTiger wrote:5 chuffing locks in a 23 man squad. FFS!!!!!!!!

There's five centres as well. Why Ewels and Slade are on the bench is a mystery, no back three cover.

An injury on the wing will see Slade go to FB and Daly to wing - is my guess.

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Post by GeordieFalcon Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:22 am

So...
5 locks in the squad...1 at blindside flanker
3 opensides...1 at 8
a fly half at 12
A 13 a wing
A 13 at full back.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:22 am

But we all know May's stupid nose is a weakness.

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:24 am

LondonTiger wrote:
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LondonTiger wrote:5 chuffing locks in a 23 man squad. FFS!!!!!!!!

There's five centres as well. Why Ewels and Slade are on the bench is a mystery, no back three cover.

An injury on the wing will see Slade go to FB and Daly to wing - is my guess.

There is that but you'd prefer an actual back three player on the bench instead of crow barring things around. Thorley should be in the 23 at the expense of Ewels who is offering nothing at all.

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Post by Rugby Fan Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:25 am

Can anyone recall a standout England performance when we've started three locks and had at least another one on the bench? I know we've had wins with that selection but I can't remember a time when I've thought "Hats off to Eddie, that's exactly what we needed"

Just looking on ESPN, Lawes appears to have started with the 6 shirt seven times under Jones, and we've lost four of those matches (France x2, Scotland, and Wales Cup warm-up). The three wins were Italy, Japan and Wales at Twickenham in 2018, and none of them were performances to write home about.

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Post by GeordieFalcon Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:27 am

is Jospeh there because they have a concern over Manu's injury?

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Post by Collapse2005 Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:31 am

Rugby Fan wrote:Can anyone recall a standout England performance when we've started three locks and had at least another one on the bench? I know we've had wins with that selection but I can't remember a time when I've thought "Hats off to Eddie, that's exactly what we needed"

Just looking on ESPN, Lawes appears to have started with the 6 shirt seven times under Jones, and we've lost four of those matches (France x2, Scotland, and Wales Cup warm-up). The three wins were Italy, Japan and Wales at Twickenham in 2018, and none of them were performances to write home about.

Great news, thanks for that stat. Were any of those 4 losses in Twickenham?

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Post by TightHEAD Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:35 am

Eddie is losing it.

I'm sorry but that is one hell of an awkward looking squad. Maybe I'm a sausage maybe I'm not but Eddie is testing England fans nerves.

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Post by MichaelT Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:37 am

Did England not beat Wales in 2017 in Cardiff with a muddled back-row selection? Itoje, Clifford and Hughes if I remember rightly. Not sure who made up the second-row, but i think Launchbury got man of the match. I remember Jiffy saying he had been immense in the game during the commentary.

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Post by TightHEAD Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:39 am

We have found a 6 & 7 that are potentially a world class combination when both fit and yet we continue to start one at 8?

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:41 am

MichaelT wrote:Did England not beat Wales in 2017 in Cardiff with a muddled back-row selection? Itoje, Clifford and Hughes if I remember rightly. Not sure who made up the second-row, but i think Launchbury got man of the match. I remember Jiffy saying he had been immense in the game during the commentary.

I'd argue that Itoje is a better flanker than Lawes whereas having Hughes there just makes it feel more balanced.

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Post by Rugby Fan Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:43 am

Collapse2005 wrote:
Rugby Fan wrote:Can anyone recall a standout England performance when we've started three locks and had at least another one on the bench? I know we've had wins with that selection but I can't remember a time when I've thought "Hats off to Eddie, that's exactly what we needed"

Just looking on ESPN, Lawes appears to have started with the 6 shirt seven times under Jones, and we've lost four of those matches (France x2, Scotland, and Wales Cup warm-up). The three wins were Italy, Japan and Wales at Twickenham in 2018, and none of them were performances to write home about.

Great news, thanks for that stat. Were any of those 4 losses in Twickenham?
No, only two of the matches (Japan & Wales) were at Twickenham.

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Post by BamBam Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:44 am

MichaelT wrote:Did England not beat Wales in 2017 in Cardiff with a muddled back-row selection? Itoje, Clifford and Hughes if I remember rightly. Not sure who made up the second-row, but i think Launchbury got man of the match. I remember Jiffy saying he had been immense in the game during the commentary.

Yeah, but it's Wales

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Post by lostinwales Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:45 am

Hmm. Joseph OK as a makeshift winger but how is he fielding kicks or on positioning? He could be in for a tough afternoon.

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Post by MichaelT Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:48 am

Agree - wouldn't have Lawes there, but the question was about 3 second-rows and a good performance. Thought England would struggle this week anyway, but now its definitely advantage Ireland as you said earlier.

Also the Welsh back-row at the time was better than the back-row we will face on Sunday. Warburton, Tipuric and Moriarty with Faletau on the bench was not to be sneezed at.

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Post by Rugby Fan Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:52 am

MichaelT wrote:Did England not beat Wales in 2017 in Cardiff with a muddled back-row selection? Itoje, Clifford and Hughes if I remember rightly. Not sure who made up the second-row, but i think Launchbury got man of the match. I remember Jiffy saying he had been immense in the game during the commentary.
That's right, although on that occasion, there was no fourth of fifth lock on the bench. Haskell and Tom Wood were there instead. However, Itoje, Launchbury & Lawes did play the whole game. Haskell came on for Clifford, while Wood replaced Hughes with only three minutes left. The match was won by Daly scoring from the kick by Davies which didn't find touch. It was an exciting game but not sure England ever got the upper hand over that Welsh pack.

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