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England Ruby Squad for Summer Oz Tour

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by #Chri5#, 15 May 2006.

  1. #Chri5#


    Joined: 27 Feb 2003

    Posts: 7,061

    Location: Shropshire

    Just annouced:

    Stuart Abbott, London Wasps
    Iain Balshaw, Leeds Tykes
    Olly Barkley, Bath Rugby
    Scott Bemand, Leicester Tigers
    Mike Catt, London Irish
    Andy Goode, Leicester Tigers
    Jamie Noon, Newcastle Falcons
    Peter Richards, Gloucester
    James Simpson-Daniel, Gloucester
    Mathew Tait, Newcastle Falcons
    Mark Van Gisbergen, London Wasps
    Tom Varndell, Leicester Tigers
    Tom Voyce, London Wasps
    Nick Walshe, Bath Rugby

    Duncan Bell, Bath Rugby
    Alex Brown, Gloucester
    George Chuter, Leicester Tigers
    Louis Deacon, Leicester Tigers
    Chris Jones, Sale Sharks
    Ben Kay, Leicester Tigers
    Michael Lipman, Bath Rugby
    Magnus Lund, Sale Sharks
    Lee Mears, Bath Rugby
    Lewis Moody, Leicester Tigers
    Tim Payne, London Wasps
    Graham Rowntree, Leicester Tigers
    Pat Sanderson, Worcester Warriors (captain)
    Andy Titterrell, Sale Sharks
    Julian White, Leicester Tigers
    Joe Worsley, London Wasps

    Players not selected because of injury

    Steve Borthwick, Bath Rugby
    Jon Clarke, Northampton Saints
    Lawrence Dallaglio, London Wasps
    Shaun Perry, Bristol Shoguns
    Andrew Sheridan, Sale Sharks
    Matt Stevens, Bath Rugby
    Phil Vickery, London Wasps
  2. Alex_L


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,035

    Not the squad i would of picked. I find it rather interesting that they've announced the squad before they've announced who the attack and defence coaches will be as well as the EDR. I would have thought particularly the attack coach would have liked a say in which backs went.

    Also what are players like Bemand in the squad for, hes played 5 times this season for Tigers I believe, yet someone like paul hodgson has played most games and looked in great form throughout the season and is still only 23, and realistically any scrum half could look good for tigers with the pack they have. He has to give players a chance based on form and not reputation (club or personal) especially as this is a tour supposedly for the young players to have a chance.

    Personally I can't see what benefit touring one of the big three down unders is going to have. It can potentially destroy players confidence if they get beaten badly (a possibility in my opinion).