Might not be their choice StK, Lancaster maybe thought they could possibly stay the distance but came up short looking ahead after their showing in SA. Probably agreed to make it look like you jumped instead of being pushed.
as far as young ford is concerned, i think Cockers has got this sweet fantasy that Ford parachutes straight into the England starting job in 2014 without paying his dues in the form of tedious time spent benching and travelling each winter as back-up.
in the meantime he's at cockers' beck and call for Tigs "because the poor lil mite needs handling carefully"
By the time Ford is annointed, Floody has been backup at leicester for so long he's no longer in the england set up, so he's ready to take over again at tigers.
More evidence of the subtle and player-centric way Bomber is going about his business - he did the same for Jonny when he first took up the reins.
It's an almost impossible situation he was in, telling the most prolific and loved 10 in English Rugby that he'd never be picked again.
But rather than give the media chance to make a sensation out of the story "ENGLAND AND JONNY SPLIT" by announcing his elite player squad, he gives the player a chance to make a prior announcement of international retirement that preserves his status and reputation.
The same has happened here with Hodgson and Mears. Whatever people think of Stuart Lancaster as a coach is their own business, but he strikes me as a man who puts each player first and above himself.
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