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Author Topic: Stuart Barnes' scathing take on John Mitchell's England job  (Read 1145 times)

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None of you can be serious.

Jones appears to have lost the plot -  Barnes is only pointing out the blindingly obvious.

- Why have a rigid policy for players being England-based and not apply the same criteria to the coaches?

- Why not include an in-form Cipriani inspiring a top four Gloucester side in his AI squad as well as a long-standing out of form Ford who is doing nothing to help a misfiring Leicester outfit who lost at home to Wuzz last weekend?

- Why have six out of form Quins players who have forgotten how to play for 80 minutes (let alone win) in his training squad but have only three from an Exeter team with a consistent and sustained winning habit?

Time for someone to smell the coffee................ 

You're over-egging it a bit there.

1) Because there's no danger of losing English coaches overseas for big money and killing our own competition. I can't believe you seriously asked that question, you're smarter than that!

2) Ford's been excellent this season, even in defeat. He's really stepped up his running threat, back to how he used to be. Cipriani is in form but you must have seen what happened against Sarries; he barely had a sniff and just repeated the same attacking move over and over and Sarries ate it up. He won't try and beat a man properly, almost never makes a break, and is allergic to contact - he can do wonderful things, has a great kicking game, but he needs to keep defences guessing or he won't be anything more than an impact sub at international level.

3) Team form is not the same as personal form. By all means criticise Mike Brown's selection - he's had one match where he did nothing then got injured - but there's almost no reason to drop Care, Robshaw, or Marler, and Earle has been pretty good for us even if I agree it's a left-field selection. I can't think of the 6th off the top of my head. Exeter as a team are great, but that doesn't mean individuals are all international class. Eddie does talk a lot of nonsense about picking on form and seems to delight in annoying the media, but I can't really disagree with him on too many selections. Unless you're a really big fan of Gareth Steenson, I suppose.



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