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TomBuckQuin

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Re: *Danny Axed from World Cup*
« Reply #15 on: Monday 17-Jun-2019, 12:29* »
This is still annoying me when it really shouldn't.

If Jones took Youngs and then 1 or 2 of Wigglesworth and Spencer I wouldn't agree but could understand it. It's the possibility of Heinz going which I just find silly.

Heinz is not, to me at least, a player so good they're worth bringing in with no previous experience (unless you count one training squad). He's not like Archer at the cricket world cup, or like someone like Beauden Barrett qualifying via residency a few months before the tournament. He's a player who's been available for a while I believe but who presuably hasn't been deemed worth giving a proper opportunity before.

I think Eddie Jones as ultimate squad selector gives you all the context you need - does he even know what he's going to do next?

More seriously, you could maybe posit that Heinz is a leader (Glaws captain) and if you assume that rumour is correct that Hartley and Robshaw are apparently set to miss out he could bring that steadying influence at the base of the ruck? I quite like Heinz - he's very solid - but agree that he's unlikely to set the RWC alight.

I do think that 9 is one position Eddie needs to put resource and effort into developing post-RWC. When you compare our options to the likes of SA's (Faf de Klerk, Cobus Reinach to name just the Prem players) and closer to home, Wales' (who have had strong depth at 9 for years now) and now France's with Dupont coming through... we don't really look overly frightening off the base do we? Hoping that the likes of Harry Randall continue to develop and we see a new era of English scrum halves who can do a bit more than just pass and kick.

 

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