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England Back Row
Discussion started by almostatyke (IP Logged), 20 February, 2020 21:44
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almostatyke
20 February, 2020 21:44
There is a lot of anticipation for Eddie's selection for the match against Ireland on Sunday. And also controversy about his policy on the back row of the scrum.
We do not seem to have a true number 8. I think that a big guy adds to the weight and stability of the scrum, can carry over the gainline, leaving the 7 or 6 to do the fancy footwork and heroic tackles in defence.
Also are 6 and 8 interchangeable? I know that at Carnegie we used to swap Burrows and Stedman between the two position (in happier days).
If you can remember Stephan Armitage, he was heralded as the England savior as a foraging number 7, but he went to France. Just seen him play; he plays at 8 at the start of the match, then when there is a defensive scrum he switches to openside.
So is there a trick here? Switch the back row depending on whether it is an offensive or defensive scrum?
Anyone any thoughts on this?

JDH1
JDH1
21 February, 2020 18:46
Battles on against the Irish back row

leeds exile
leeds exile
23 February, 2020 10:37
Dombrandt of Harlequins would seem the obvious selection but Eddie knows differently.

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almostatyke
23 February, 2020 17:47
However bemusing Eddie's selection of players out-of-position was, he certainly got a brilliant performance today from every member of the squad.
I think that starting the 6Nations with two away games was bound to affect our chances, if we had started at Twickers - who knows?

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Albert Fishwick
23 February, 2020 18:50
It was disappointing that we didn't really kick on after that start. Several tries went begging. Still, a win's a win.



If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

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almostatyke
23 February, 2020 19:01
Its the most open 6Nations for a while - England/Ireland/Wales/France could all beat each other on the day, especially with a couple of kind ref decisions at vital times.
France are seen as favourites and the "surprise package", but they started with two home games and have Shaun Edwards. Another factor, something I have not seen others mention, is that France effectively surrendered the RWC and so have a team without the emotional baggage that the RWC has (unless you win it?) and have continuity of players into the 6Nations. Other nations have the inevitable retirements of senior players after a RWC year.


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