9 04 2010

Blogs have been non existent for ages – sorry to anyone who actually cared! Work pressures etc. have curtailed blogs here, but I am gonna rectify this very soon.

Man of Kent


England Team for the Wales Game

2 02 2010

England Coach Martin Johnston named his team for the RBS 6 Nations game vs Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. How did I do with my preferred selection versus the actual team?

So, not bad.  Not sure about Dan Cole in the reserves cos I’ve never seen him play, and think that Louis Deacon should never be in any England squad, particularly ahead of Kennedy, Lawes etc.

Will we win?  The team looks good on paper, but it depends on the mindset of the team on the day.  If they stick to the robotic, by the numbers of England Teams over the past few years, then not a chance.  If they break out, then definately.  The Taffs will be up for it as usual, and the Lee Byrne affair will probably spice it up for them even more.

Prediction?  Ever the optimist, I’m going to say England by 9.

    Labour’s record of Change

    22 01 2010

    from redrag

    Man of Kent

    RIP Bill McLaren

    19 01 2010

    Legendary Rugby Commentator Bill McLaren died today, at the age of 86.  Rest in Peace, a true rugby gentleman.

    A Classic Commentary

    Favourite Quote “I’m no hod carrier but I would be laying bricks if he [Jonah Lomu] was running at me.”

    Man of Kent

    England’s Six Nations squad

    14 01 2010

    England’s 32-man squad for Six Nations Championship:

    So, Martin Johnson has named the England Six Nations & Saxons Squad. Not too bad, with the a good chance that the starting XV will be quite exciting.   I’d love him to select Ashton instead of the one trick pony (donkey actually) that is Banahan.  However, I don’t like the selection of Shontayne Hape for a number of reasons –

    • He’s been selected ahead of Geraghty.  OK Shane has been a bit flaky, but he’s a real talent
    • He’s 28, with less than a season of Rugby to his name (OK, Rugby Union for you chippy northern league types)
    • He’s not playing that well, in a Bath side that has been truly appalling this season
    • He’s a New Zealander, who has represented that country at a professional sport
    • League players (for all the chippy Northerners protestations otherwise) have not generally made the transition to Union sucessfully at the Highest Level when moving late in their career (they do well at Premiership/Super 14 level, but not generally at International Level – the blessed Jason Robinson excepted!)

    I dislike his selection, just as I disliked the selections of Henry Paul, and Lesley Vainikolo, not because they are former League player, but because they are cheapening the England Jersey, after playing League for the Kiwis.

    Now, you may think that I’m inconsistent because I welcome the return of Riki Flutey, and the continued inclusion of Dylan Hartley, but these two have never represented New Zealand at the highest level at Rugby, let alone any other sport.

    Ayway, as I said not a bad squad, and if I could pick the team this is what it’d be (more lightweight than the probable XV, but massively more exciting in the back line) –

    1. Sheridan
    2. Hartley
    3. White
    4. Shaw
    5. Lawes (I know Borthwick will probably be here)
    6. Moody
    7. Croft/Haskell (the other on the bench)
    8. Easter (God of War)
    9. Care (Must be set free to break)
    10. Flood (or Wilkinson if Johnson bans him from standing deep and taking dropgoal shots)
    11. Monye (out of form but complimentary to Ashton)
    12. Flutey
    13. Tait
    14. Ashton
    15. Armitage/Foden

    Reserves:  Wilson, Thompson, Borthwick (Lawes probably), Croft/Haskill , Armitage/Foden, Hodgson Wilkinson

    Don’t expect it to be anything like that in the backs, but still think we’ve a great chance at HQ against the Taffs on 6th Feb.

    Man of Kent

    Whitstable in the Snow

    8 01 2010

    It’s a bit strange to see snow on the beach, but pretty! The Lad of Kent may be small, but he’s loving every minute.

    Home, snowy Home!

    Tankerton Beach

    Beach huts from Tankerton Slopes

    Man of Kent

    I like England Rugby’s Twickenham Centenary Shirt

    7 01 2010

    England take on Wales in the 6 nations on the 6th of February, and to mark 100 years since the first International at Twickenham (also against Wales) England will wear a one-off commemorative jersey. The pearl white shirt was inspired by the one worn by that winning team (how we’d love a victory in February too!).

    I like this even more than the official Home shirt, mainly because of it’s traditional look and the fact that the sponsor’s logo is very small and on the sleeve.

    Man of Kent