Friday, November 16, 2012

O2 Inside Line: Episode 2, Season 3

England host the Wallabies tomorrow for the Cook Cup and a chance for the visitors to redeem themselves after their loss to France last weekend. England meanwhile have only made one change to their team, with Chris Ashton returning.

The Wallabies have made four changes to their team as key players Berrick Barnes and Digby Ioane return to replace Mike Harris and Pat McCabe, while up front Sitaleki Timani and Ben Alexander come in for Kane Douglas and Sekope Kepu respectively.

"There aren't too many challenges in Test rugby that are greater than playing England at Twickenham. We are playing an England side that has been building up under its new leadership, and will see Saturday as the chance to lay down a marker for the future," said coach Robbie Deans.

England winger Ashton is back following suspension and takes the place of Ugo Monye, while Charlie Sharples moves to the left wing. Ashton scored the IRPA Try of the Year the last time the two sides met at the same venue in 2010.

"The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can't wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match," said England's Stuart Lancaster.

In this week's O2 Inside Line Player Cam returns, Mike Brown and Charlie Sharples analyse the Fiji game, the players talk haircuts, and host Layla announces the Moment of the Match.

England team: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Charlie Sharples, Toby Flood, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Tom Palmer, Geoff Parling, Tom Johnson, Chris Robshaw, Thomas Waldrom
Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown 

Australia team: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Ben Tapuai, Nick Cummins, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps, Benn Robinson, Tatafu Polota Nau, Ben Alexander, Sitaleki Timani, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu.
Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Radike Samo, Liam Gill, Brett Sheehan, Mike Harris, Drew Mitchell

England vs Australia, Saturday 17 November, Twickenham, Kick off: 14:30 GMT

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Posted by Rugbydump at 8:24 am | View Comments (9)

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DanKnapp November 16, 2012 2:15 pm

Class. James Haskell is great value. Seems like there is a good vibe in the camp. Really good to see during the autumn internationals.

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stroudos November 16, 2012 2:25 pm

Only one small cameo and Hask still steals the entire show. Marler seems to be the only other one in the squad with any decent banter. Mind you, I suppose I wouldn't judge a comedian on his ability to play rugby...

This was definitely less excruciating than episode 1, hopefully it continues to improve and by the time the six nations comes around it'll be back to Healey & Haskell standard!

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Yoda November 16, 2012 2:33 pm

What England should be (if they are really looking to 2015);



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Josh Rimmer November 16, 2012 7:25 pm

Strong team that, but i'd have armitage as the sunstitute back rower, great impact player, with robshaw starting at 7

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Yoda November 16, 2012 9:04 pm

Mate, that would make me equally happy (I'm a harlequins supporter haha). Just thought Armitage could add a bit more ball in hand and on the floor... But then again it would be almost as valuable to have Robshaw in for his good all round game and leadership qualities.

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Facepalm November 16, 2012 7:32 pm

Can anyone here explain to me the the total exclusion of Ben Morgan? I don't recall him getting injured.

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Yoda November 16, 2012 9:00 pm

Yeah, Lancaster is in the mind set of building momentum and that means, more or less, he wants to build on the South Africa tour. If you recall, Waldrom was promoted (because of his good form in mid week games and off the bench performances) for the last game in the series. His form has been solid, so Lancaster has had no reason to drop him and he clearly wants consistency in his line up.

In my opinion, its a big mistake because Ben (at 23) has got so much potential and offers more for example in the line out etc.

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Facepalm November 17, 2012 3:00 am

Completely agree. Obviously playing well against 2nd division club players is very different to playing well against an international side. I've seen Waldrom do good things at Leicester, GOOD things. Never great. And to be honest for England I've not even seen good things. Just things.

But surely there must be something preventing Morgan from being able to play. He wouldn't be dropped from the match day squad all together surely?!

Back row for me is 6) Robshaw 7) Jimmy Hask 8) Morgan.

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TechnoMouse November 17, 2012 12:42 pm

I think, from reading various Gloucester supporter's comments around the interweb, that Morgan hasn't yet found his feet at Gloucester and recovered the form he had at the Scarlets, probably just a case of adapting to their style so hopefully shouldn't be long before he's back where he was. I also suspect Lancaster wants a number 8 who can last the full 80, and I think Waldrom beats Morgan on fitness.

Morgan is definitely the future at 8 though IMO.

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