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Benpj17
Benpj17
30 January, 2018 14:38
But the rule doesn’t come in until 2020 so he can’t be he first, he qualified in 2003 when he was 10 and I assume he may have moved down with his dad when he signed for the falcons in 1997

pa8
pa8
30 January, 2018 14:56
I think it’s the five year residency rule that comes into effect in 2020, the 10 year cumulative residency rule was brought in with immediate effect last May.

alas
alas
31 January, 2018 20:24
England squad now down to 25 and Gary Graham still included. [www.bbc.co.uk]

kmuir
UnofficialEnglandRugby
01 February, 2018 09:08
Garry retained


England squad update Italy

England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 25 players ahead of England’s first NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome on Sunday 4 February 3pm KO GMT.

Backs

Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Forwards

Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Uncapped *


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Falcons_Thunder
Falcons_Thunder
01 February, 2018 09:13
Is it true that Gary's dad made sure his son was born in Scotland? And now his son is on the cusp of getting his first England cap lol

kmuir
UnofficialEnglandRugby
01 February, 2018 09:49
Team will be announced


Friday 2 February

Pennyhill Park,
Library (press conference)

9.15am Team announcement

MESSAGES->author
Monkey1
01 February, 2018 12:14
Why so shy? The Scotland team was announced 24 hours ago.
(Sm100)

kmuir
UnofficialEnglandRugby
01 February, 2018 12:29
because England smoking smiley play Sunday

aapierre
aidanb
01 February, 2018 12:32
Quote:
Monkey1
Why so shy? The Scotland team was announced 24 hours ago.
(Sm100)

It's a marathon not a sprint

and

we are saving the best till last

Kwa444
Kwa444
01 February, 2018 14:39
I hope he is selected to play a part.

However it may not be the most enjoyable game to feature in - as England are almost always disjointed and uncomfortable in Italy. Couple that with Connor O'Shea and it being the first round of games and it will not make for pleasant viewing. It probably won't be comfortable if you're English either.

Wales v Scotland should be a cracker though... and Ireland away to France possibly too.

Doonhamer
Doonhamer
01 February, 2018 18:29
Quote:
Falcons_Thunder
Is it true that Gary's dad made sure his son was born in Scotland? And now his son is on the cusp of getting his first England cap lol

George was in the army and based at Stirling castle then. Despite what you might think both parents are immensely proud of his selection for England squad.

Mark Smith NCJ Media
markismith50
01 February, 2018 19:11
Great interview with George on Look North yesterday, worth a look on iPlayer

aapierre
aidanb
01 February, 2018 20:09
Quote:
Doonhamer
Quote:
Falcons_Thunder
Is it true that Gary's dad made sure his son was born in Scotland? And now his son is on the cusp of getting his first England cap lol

George was in the army and based at Stirling castle then. Despite what you might think both parents are immensely proud of his selection for England squad.

I would have thought George would have loved to have his son in a Scottish shirt but as he has said also he will be equally as proud to see his son dm well whatever his son chooses.

Wensleydale Falcon
Wensleydale Falcon
01 February, 2018 20:54
He's says that he will be very proud and rightly so and to a point that will be true
But deep down when he sees Gary in an England shirt he will be hurting!!

Exiled Falcon
Exiled Falcon
02 February, 2018 07:25
Seeing your son or daughter playing international sport is one of the proudest moments moments of your life. There shouldn’t be any reason to hurt.

Wensleydale Falcon
Wensleydale Falcon
02 February, 2018 08:14
I'm not saying that they will not be proud EF but as we have seen in George's interviews he is an extremely proud Scotsman.
I saw an interview on TV this week and George was asked how he reacted when Gary told him of his decision to play for England.
George said "Gary is 100% Scottish and after I stitched my heart back together"
It not a criticism as I agree any parent would be immensely proud...but naturally I'm sure deep down George will feel a little pain as he would much rather see his son a the Scotland shirt.

Falcons_Thunder
Falcons_Thunder
02 February, 2018 09:09
Well Gary graham isn't in the England squad for the Italy game. Traveling reserve I would guess

kmuir
UnofficialEnglandRugby
02 February, 2018 09:10
England team to face Italy

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins 64 caps), 14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 28 caps), 13 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 8 caps), 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens 53 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 29 caps), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers 40 caps), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers 73 caps), 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens 44 caps), 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 89 caps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 77 caps), 4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps 47 caps), 5 Maro Itoje (Saracens 14 caps), 6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 61 caps), 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 59 caps), 8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 3 caps).

Finishers
16 Jamie George (Saracens 20 caps), 17 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped), 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps), 19 George Kruis (Saracens 21 caps), 20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 3 caps), 21 Danny Care (Harlequins 76 caps), 22 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 35 caps), 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs 23 caps).

Exiled Falcon
Exiled Falcon
02 February, 2018 09:13
Fair comment WD, I guess we’d all like our offspring to run out in your country’s shirt. Sometimes it doesn’t happen but it shouldn’t diminish the huge sense of pride you have, or should have, unless petty bigotry gets in the way.

pityacker
pityacker
02 February, 2018 10:31
It seemed fairly obvious I think when he had 4 locks in the original 25 that he was going to play one of them at 6 but perhaps Jones could have taken the opportunity to bench Gary and even if he got 5 minutes game time he then would be an England player but I presume because he hasnt actually played for England Gary is now free if he wishes to change his allegiance to Scotland.

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