April 17 2007
A listing of all the players who are currently injured, their injury, how long they will be out for and the first game they may be available for. Here's hoping that the list will shrink down to nothing as soon as possible. The return dates are rough approximations only.
|Jordan Turner-Hall||Cheek||Dec/Jan 11/12|
|Olly Kohn||Bicep||Jan 2012|
|George Lowe||Ankle||Jan 2012|
|Matt Cairns||?||Jan/Feb 2012|
|Karl Dickson||Finger||Feb 2012|
|Sam Stuart||Knee||Some time in 2012|
|Ollie Smith||Leg||Some time in 2012|
|Darryl Marfo||?||Some time in 2012|
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.
Has anyone heard anything about Nils Mordt? Isn't he supposed to be turning up at some point? I hear he has a very respectable boot... perhaps a good option to take the kicking pressure away from NEv?
Probably all sigh with relief Nicksb
Any news on JTH, Seb and Gonzo2 ?
I take it Luke Wallace is fit again then?