Lawes is an ace, genuinely class player. He carries well, has a trademark tackle and silky hands. He also offers a great lineout option.
But he shouldn’t start for England. If Eddie starts three lockable on any knockout stage or one of the latter two games in the pool we will find it quite hard to win.
Lets start with the drawback to starting him; the breakdown suffers massively. Lawes is slow and ineffective at the breakdown. In 2018 we were dominated there in almost every game he started at 6. This was also apparent in Cardiff last week. The amount we play off of 9 and 10, and the quality of jacklers around the world, highlights that we need a solid breakdown.
It doesn’t help that he hasn’t started with either underhill or curry yet but having him and Billy in the back row puts too little emphasis on the breakdown and if teams were to figure out how to deny undercurry free reign in the breakdown then we would be screwed. Wilson must start so we can have dominance in the breakdown without losing a big carrier and tackler.
Another positive of keeping Lawes from the starting pack (sounds harsh) is that the bench becomes considerably stronger by having such a threat coming on for 30 minutes at 4/5/6. A lot of our early success with jones came from winning the last half by bringing on players of a starting calibre.
Without two of Curry, Underhill and Wilson, we lose much of what gives our massive pack it’s momentum. Bringing Lawes on for the second half once we have established good breakdown work and the ref views us as the dominant team going forward will allow some pressure to be lifted and for Lawes to go about being the nuisance we love.
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Alright Chaps. Muck Clearly tells me that, allegedly, the site is more or less fully functional. We are ready to launch. Of course, there are still tweaks, improvements, and until we’re properly using the site, we won’t know what things need changing or improving. But it’s in a fit state to start using.
Since yesterday, the submit post form has been swapped from the WPforms one for another with a bit more of a fully featured editor. It then made sense to get rid entirely of the WPforms plugin since it’s $200 a year and it’s primary purpose was to allow user submission of posts from the front end. But to do that, it was also needed to swap out login, register and donate forms. So instead, we now have a proper user membership plugin that allows account management as well as registration/login. The paypal donation plugin was swapped out. And as a bonus, a direct messaging facility was added.
In order to post topics you’ll need to register, login, and submit a post. Note, the site is configured on a sort of trust system – the very first post anyone makes needs approval. Once you’ve had your first approved article, you can author other new posts at will. This might be a minor inconvenience, but it will stop bots/undesirable individuals from being able to make posts, while allowing regular posters much freer access. Hopefully this kills spam problems.
So please, start posting. Let’s give this thing a go and see what falls off.
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Not sure who caught the France vs Scotland game yesterday, but it was a shambles for the visitors.
Tom English noticed and penned this rather savage piece, essentially calling Townsend out.
Admittedly I suddenly feel less enamoured with Scotland’s “underdogs with flare” prospects.
Thoughts? Fair cop from rugby’s wordiest wordsmith?
My eternal gratitude to CMJS for the creation of our new home. Without further ado let’s talk ruggers.
Knowing what we now know from th two games against Wales. Who do you select against Ireland?
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