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Re: England squad v Wales - Wiggy called up
Posted by: Sara'sman
Date: 05/02/2018 17:51
As far as Wiggy goes, does anyone else think that Jones has put himself in a very awkward position regarding both his "Finishers" tag and his refusal to blood Robson? Richard is surely a starter with his control, not the pacey finisher/Care type.

Whilst wishing Ben Youngs a full and speedy recovery I remain of the opinion that Wiggy is a far better all round 9. A better kicker (distance, accuracy and hang time), passer (more accurate off either hand, without the two step, able to pass from the ground). He is at least the equal in controlling the game, reading the game and covering in defence. The one clear deficit is in the threat of making a quick break (though how often has Youngs done this in the past 30 months?).

Robson has not yet proven himself consistently excellent at the top level (International/Europe/against top 4), in part because Wasps are only recently at this level but also because of Jones' stubbornness. The extremely promising Velacott has had even less top level exposure. Perhaps Ben's injury has already made Jones reconsider his stubbornness - good to see Cowan-Dickie being called up, hopefully Taylor will follow too, and all four will be given their chance in SA in summer.

Edit of to off! ugggh

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