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Re: Two Saints line up to face Wales
Posted by: SaintMaul
Date: 09/08/2019 21:59
Issue isn't the team selection (we were always going to rotate across these 4 warm up games), it's the squad selection.
If you swapped in: Ashton, Te'o & Care to the starting line-up, & Robshaw & Cipriani to the bench, this would feel like an experienced England 2nd team, with experienced players who have been properly tested at international level.

The idea of having a bolter or two is great, but this squad is going to have too many in that category (potentially, McConnochie, Cokanasiga, Marchant, Francis, Heinz, Ludlam, Singleton) - all with less than 5 caps.

I'll be shouting England on but sadly I completely agree.

Jones has messed up. Either Brown, Care and Robshaw were inadequate in the first place and should have been dropped years ago or they are adequate and he is choosing to give away 318 caps worth of experience (including Dylan's caps) knowing teams low on experience don't tend to do well at World Cups. I could understand it more if the preferred players were Lions quality players but players like Heinz simply aren't.

A few injuries and we'll have novices starting in knock out World Cup matches.

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