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Re: Stuart Barnes' scathing take on John Mitchell's England job
« on: Wednesday 26-Sep-2018, 00:21* »
OK sorry but I think you've totally misunderstood.

Jones does not create the rules. Jones is given the rules by the RFU. The RFU stipulate that anyone not playing rugby in this country cannot be selected for England. That is something multiple countries are doing, in order to prevent player drain to France & Japan, to ensure that the domestic product is as good as it can be, and to provide the best access to EQPs for the national team.

With me so far?

There is no such stipulation for coaches. Why? Because there's no talent drain there. English coaches are not in particular demand.

So it's entirely NOT hypocritical for Jones to select players and coaches based upon the RFU's on rules, and the rules on coaches being different to players makes total sense in context.

2) If you've not seen Tigers play then it's very, very daft to comment on George Ford's form. I have seen Tigers play and Ford has impressed me despite the Leicester squad being pretty mediocre. His game management in their losing performance against Wasps was top-notch.

3) Despite all of us (including me) criticising the selection of Brown on the wing, there were some reasons for doing it, not least the fact that every other player he tries at fullback tends to **** the bed a little bit, and Brown is a safety option in that back three. As it happens he played as well as we've seen him for a while, but was exposed for pace in defence, which was predictable. Both Watson and Daly have had big, big errors at 15, though. Eddie should revert back to Brown at 15 and Daly on the wing, but Daly's skillset means if he can make the transition to 15 then it's a big bonus to England.

You simply can't ignore Brown's impact on any team he plays for.

Care has been excellent for Eddie most of the time, played really well for 2 thirds of last season for Quins, and started off well this season but had a poor one last time out. He deserves his place. Robshaw is starting to fade and playing 7 does him no favours; he had his first proper shocker for England this year, but then also had a good game against South Africa in the one match we managed to win. He was fine in the AIs; harsh to say he's been anonymous, as it isn't true. Marler - "likes the soft option"? Very odd criticism. Earle's been good, making huge amounts of ground, but he's a bit of a punt by Eddie for sure. I will say he's been playing better than Jack Nowell, though, because Nowell has played 1 match (zero tries, 52m, 4 tackles). I do strongly suggest actually watching matches before pontificating on them.

4) Steenson is EQP and completely relevant to my argument.



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