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

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