I think that where we, and many others, have been caught out is that we thought that this Six Nations would be a test of possibles for the new team, whereas it turns out that Lancaster pretty much has chosen his team, and had done so before the Six Nations (see photos of Wood representing England as an example of this).
What stings for us us that, beyond training, there is little sense that Lancaster is making good use of our players. It's nice that he took Marler on holiday to Italy and Scotland, but not productive. JTH and Brown's time on the bench has not been productive or taught us much about their potential. Calling up Dickson (K) and Brooker has not been productive.
'Dropping' Foden would give Brown a test for a game to find out who works better, something it looks increasingly like he won't get beyond the training environment. I can't see a Dawson/Bracken rivalry developing if there's only room for Foden at the moment.
I totally agree - the thing that irks the most is that, we have to use this time, so far out from the RWC, to experiment. There is no point doing it later.
SL should be putting the needs of the country first over his own objective of getting a job that, to be honest, i'm not entirely sure how he has got. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Foden deserves his place, but i think Brown should be a given a go to allow for competition.
Ashton has no form and I'm not sure why we persist in picking him, he should have been allowed to go and score a hatful for Saints and get his mojo back
The same should be said for Youngs
Dowson should never had been near the squad, total joke picking a back row player when two specialist are available,
Faz & Barritt don't do much together - so lets mix it up - but not by dropping Barritt who has done nothing wrong.
Faz has to play because he is the kicker then put him at 10
Flood - don't see why he is there? he has played poorly since his comeback and we have two FH's playing well enough.
Lawes should be there, he is a brute and he has played alright since injury -
Dropping Palmer????? I don't understand at all and not for Parling (who i think is good) or Botha.
I don't know how Webber got in the squad ahead of Gray - just because he has a Leeds accent.
How does Joe Simpson, who has lost all form and can't start at his own club at the mo, gets in the setup ahead of Karl is an interesting one.
How did Mears make the squad anyway?
Marler, should be given a few 20 mins off the bench to see if he can bring something to the party
we should be trying out a few back 3 players to see what they can do at this level.
I've got all het up and gone off message, i'm just irritated!
It's not difficult !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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