- Rugby World Cup Thread 2019
England RWC squad announced, no real suprises:
I think there is –
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
3 players with 1 cap, a couple with 5 and one with no international caps – that’s put Eddies planning for the last few years into perspective!
Bloody shambles.Posted 1 month ago
Yes and no. Scrum half situation is a shambles. Francis is a bizarre pick as is McChonnchie.
Singleton…. Well I guess Hartley was expected to be there.
Cokanasiga is picked on form.
Ludlam…. Only the one cap, but again picked on form and the other options with loads of Caps would’ve been Robshaw or Haskell. He’s there in place of Shields, whom has looked bang average whenever he’s played.Posted 1 month ago
But it does show that the lack of planning from EJ has created a situation where the 3rd place hooker has 1 cap, the 2nd scrum half has one cap, a big winger with the defensive reactions of a telegraph pole is in and only on the eve of a World Cup, has he started picking on form!Posted 1 month agoonehundredthidiotMember
Never really understood players like Cokanasiga, yes they can devastate going forward but people quickly figure out how to shackle them and invariably a ball over their head shows they have the turning circle of a tanker so 15 has to cover the area behind them more. Although it invariably means you either stick 6/7 out to cover them or play an equally big winger.
Is this squad fixed? Can they call on non-squad players say you get two tighthead injuries can you pull in another player at short notice?Posted 1 month ago
I believe you can call in another player if there is an injury but you can’t then swap them back again. Once you’re out, the tournaments done for you. I suspect a Doc has to sign off on the injury as well to swap currently injured players into squads later in the tournament.Posted 1 month ago
Cokanasiga weighs 17 stone and runs the 100 in 10.6 apparently, so is likely to create holes in defences no matter who is first up tackling, he can improve his defence and a 15 can cover him.
Everybody has big, quick wingers these days. The only difference with Cokanasinga is that it looks like a prop could side-step him. 😂
(100m time is completely irrelevant in rugby these days.)Posted 1 month ago
I cannot wait to see Darcy Graham come up against Cokanasiga. David V goliath. I suspect Cokanasiga will try to run thru him but Graham is a very brave and good tackler ( took Basteraud down and then took the ball off him) and when Graham has the ball Cokanasiga will not be able to catch him as he can turn so quickly. should be very funny however it pans outPosted 1 month ago
Wales name team to face England
Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis; Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (C); Aaron Wainwright, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.
Subs: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Aled Davies, Jarrod Evans, Owen Watkin.
Thoughts…?Posted 1 month ago
Jesus Christ, this weekends England 23 features every single lock in the world cup squad…. including one starting at 6. Every single hooker, including Singleton at 20, so providing the only backrow cover.
In addition given our daft squad make up, every half back in the world cup squad is also in the 23.Posted 1 month ago
Moriarty looked bang average last weekend…..any chance they’ll Chuck Navidi in at 8 for the WC?
Im guessing that none of the Welsh* players will be peaking for a couple of ‘friendly’ games against England, preferring instead to hit peak form in about six-eight weeks? 😁
*or any other nation with any sense.Posted 1 month agoloumMember
I cannot wait to see Darcy Graham come up against Cokanasiga. David V goliath.
There’s a lot of results needed to make that happen.
Sure they’re both good players, but if we’re sat watching those two lining up against each other in a month or two then good luck to them, they’ll have earned it.
Be very interested to see how your mr Darcy does this weekend against France.Posted 1 month ago
Fella he’s up against, Raka, is uncapped so should be a stroll in the park…
Its just the idea of one of the smallest players in international rugby against a giant winger. He claims to be 5’9″ and 11st 11lb but no one believes that.
He is a part of our plan to put out an entire back division of midgets to get loads of high tackle pens. I think there is an entire scots back division available none of who is over 5’10”Posted 1 month ago
15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Exeter Chiefs) – 67 caps
14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 4 caps
13. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
12. Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 21 caps
11. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 8 caps
10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps
1. Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
2. Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 27 caps
3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 19 caps
4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 18 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 33 caps
6. John Barclay VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 71 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 10 caps
8. Josh Strauss (Blue Bulls) – 22 caps
16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
17. Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls) – 34 caps
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps
19. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
20. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps
21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
22. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – uncapped
23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 11 caps
Looks tome to be a lot of possibles playing for a place in that lotPosted 1 month ago
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