Spoke with Brownie last night... hand-op was bigger than initially thought, so still strapped & recovering. He thinks/hopes that he will be back in October
2 months for Brown!
Only 6 weeks for Karl's leg is good news though, I was expecting worse.
So, without Tom and Brown, I wonder who'll get the nod at FB.
No disrespect to Ugo or Stretts but they are not inside centres and have never played there. Tosh is and has.
But can we afford to keep giving players game time, in the hope they will rediscover their form? Short-term, playing a Lions winger out of position would be a good stop gap. Who knows, we might even find Ugo is as good a centre as he is a winger.
Clegg did something interesting when he came on against Sarries, which was a couple of grubber kicks through their defensive line which we all groaned at, at the time because they didn't come off. However, on reflection, a little inventiveness to get round the suffocating (and boring) rush defence system is actually to be applauded methinks?
You don't seem to be making the distinction between 12 and 13.
In the pro era I am really struggling to think of players who played such different positions effectively. I know you say there are countless ones - can you give some examples?
Ugo is a winger through and through. He's effective (sometimes) at 13 because of his size and pace but 12 is a decision making role that he has no experience of. It'd be a serious waste of a British Lion!
Things were a bit different in JPR's day!
Defending at 12 is an entirely different beast to doing so out wide, as well. None of Lomu, Ickle or Habana would be good 12s either
Tosh isn't playing well but we need someone at 12 and picking someone in their correct position has to be the best option. I'd still like to see Seb Jewell come into the reckoning too.