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England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

1. Agree on North. Not convinced everyone in scrum caps is the answer though (see below)

2. Brilliant to see that strength in depth. Couple of names you didn't mention - Farrell and Barritt. I take no pleasure in their injuries, but I think Ford-Burrell-Joseph (and 36 coming off the bench) is a much better option than could have been possible with the inclusion of Farrell and Barritt.

3. Very good. Their blitz defence was a massive pain in the arse too, especially in the first half. Which makes it all the more satisfying that England found ways to deal with those Welsh strengths.

4. The players you mention would be far more deserving of a MoM award, but I do believe Ford is the 10 for the world cup and I don't buy this "too small" business.

5. May was at fault for the Welsh try, leaving his wing to help with the tackle inside. Now, I would have expected Haskell to do better at stopping Faletau but by the time May got involved I think Hask & Youngs had him covered. May made the offload to Webb inevitable. Always a dilemma isn't it, but I think he made it a lot easier for the Welsh there. I'm probably over-sensitive about that one particular play though, because I had cash on Watson for first try-scorer, which very nearly came off!!

6. Very impressive contribution. I wouldn't start him ahead of Burrell/Joseph though. Impact replacement could be a good role for him.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

"But maybe scrum caps would help, take the edge of. What harm can it do?"

Well, potentially it could allow players to tolerate a higher volume of impacts to the head, which without the clear visual signal of being knocked out, would be allowed to continue without any action taken to prevent them.

There is a theory that this continual series of impacts can cause as much long-term damage as a few knockout impacts.

Cf. boxing headguards, the effectiveness of which is uncertain.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Well I think he went to New Zealand for a rugby education and it worked a treat.

I also felt (based on some fly-on-the-wall stuff made at the time) that the Japan trip was more about getting a different perspective and widening his knowledge than it was about the cash.

Either way, he came back a significantly better player and seems to be continuing to improve.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Although I do completely agree with your first paragraph, I do think the O2 Inside Line videos would be much improved by a return of Hask Cam...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

The original and still the best!!!

:)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Can never get tired of watching that.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Ha! Haven't seen that in a while!!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Well put Reality, couldn't agree more. Although after his recent antics, I admit to having quite enjoyed Huget putting his face in the way of some kneecaps...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

IT'S BACK!!!!

So hotly anticipated the news (quite rightly) needed to posted twice!

Waiting with bated breath Mr Dump.........

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sneaky quick restart from Bayonne's Santiago Fernandez vs Toulon

Remember that one. A beauty.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago