Ed, nice piece. There's one other factor in the mix here.....confidence. As a club, Northampton's will be generally high whatever squad they put out, ours will be generally pants whatever squad we put out. In a game of fractions, that counts. I know I'll not be popular saying it but confidence is shot and leadership is needed in absolute spades to see us through even against a weakened Saints side. Let's hope the pressure of this being almost our last chance of HEC qualification doesn't get to the players and they go out to play rugby.
Lancaster said yesterday that players coming back from injury, such as Lawes, will need a game under their belts so they probably won't play against Scotland. Not sure if he is fit yet but if so I guess he could be released this weekend. Also if this is his thinking then may mean that Mears will get released to get match fit. I would also think that this means there isn't much chance of Atwood getting released if Lawes does.
I thought that Lawes was certain to miss the Scotland game at least as he is still injured so I would doubt he is fit for this weekend. As I said in the preview, I think it's likely Mears will get a release because he's played so little all season (hardly got any RWC game time early on and then was injured).
Our record this year is won 2 lost 1 so I'm not sure about confidence. I think it could be an issue, but with home advantage against a weakened Saints team the team should be feeling pretty good.
The frustrating thing for us all is which Bath team will show up? The London Irish team, or the team we've seen for much of the season? I guess we'll know on Saturday!
I guess when the coaches agreed to this they didn't realise how important the LV cup would be this season (basically our only realistic way in to the HK). Still seems daft to me though, it could have been arranged for the summer.
You kind of feel that everyone should be able to play in all games, but because there is a game every weekend from mid-August (training starts in July) to early May that means that they can't take a week's holiday through nine or ten months or more, and have to take it all in a batch in June/July.
There aren't many well paid professionals who would agree to that!
Also good employers create an environment where people CAN do this sort of thing given the right notice and the right circumstances. Matt's wife to be surely deserves a wedding in her own summer surrounded by her own friends and family and Bath Rugby have already set a good precedent with another Matt.
I don't think any of our players should h e time off in the season for weddings, holidays, honeymoons ect. They are well paid to play and have a decent break in the summer.
Teachers can't take holidays in term time.
If you say so. I just happen to believe that enlightened employers would generally be sympathetic to such requests if done properly and well in advance. I guess I'm seeing an inference that MC is being unprofessional and I don't agree FWIW.
I see it differently,everyone know when the season starts and finishes and it should be arranged in the off season,same with Banners.yes the work at Christmas when most don't but they have a better life style than most,doing something they love,getting very well payed.
If every player took two week break through out the season,would that be ok as long as they booked it in advance.No it's wrong end of and should never have been allowed IMHO.
That said and off my chest I wish Matt and his future wife a great wedding and honeymoon,don't come back to knackered
So should players only plan to have a family in the off season? I'm not being difficult, I just feel that this is good man management. You know not every player takes a 2 week break in the season and getting married is hardly an annual affair (for most of us), so where's the problem?
I'm not sure how you can stop them having a family in the season but taking a holiday to get married is wrong as most sportsmen know.
Good man management not so sure.team management defo not.
Is that not three players that have taken a break,Banners,Carraro and Flow,how long before other girl friends say well they did it,no it's wrong IMHO and set a wrong precedence IMHO
Now if the same three were to make the same request next year I'd be with you!!! Flo and Matt want to get married in the summer, that's entirely reasonable, the SH summer is now. Should we tell all potential SH recruits that they can only marry in their winter? We're not going to agree so I'll stop now but reiterate that I think it's sound man-management.
Would have thought most pro players would know it's a waste of time asking for two week in the season as the answer normal would be,"I hope your joking",
If they are contracted to play for 32 weeks or how long it's not with a jolly in between.IMHO,and that's all it is
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