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by Oakboy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: The Final Hask
Replies: 40
Views: 1952

Re: The Final Hask

Personally, whilst he had a very good career by any measure, I think he didn't deliver on the raw potential he showed when first at Wasps. He didn't really develop his skill set, and took ages to become even a semi-decent decision maker. eta....though at least he isn't senile like me! Come on, Tim,...
by Oakboy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: The Final Hask
Replies: 40
Views: 1952

Re: The Final Hask

He was an integral part of one of the best club back rows for a season or two - with Johnson and Hughes. Their attacking effectiveness defied logic at times. A classic case of the unit exceeding the sum of its parts, really - more or less, the story of Haskell. Personally, whilst he had a very good...
by Oakboy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: The Final Hask
Replies: 40
Views: 1952

Re: The Final Hask

He was an integral part of one of the best club back rows for a season or two - with Johnson and Hughes. Their attacking effectiveness defied logic at times. A classic case of the unit exceeding the sum of its parts, really - more or less, the story of Haskell.
by Oakboy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

Banquo wrote:
Scrumhead wrote:I was really pleasantly surprised by Gatland on the BBC rugby pod. It’s like he immediately came across as more likeable after quitting Wales.

that generally happens after travelling east over the Severn Bridge :D


Especially now it's free in both directions! :o
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

Dors, In your opening post you made the following point - "His apparent success with England coincides with increased numbers of quality players that a better head-coach would have exploited to better effect" This may have been covered already but i'm wondering just who that better head c...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Finally a proper look at Sarries and the salary cap
Replies: 238
Views: 10437

Re: Finally a proper look at Sarries and the salary cap

Hmm, Mark McCall has just suggested on TV that they might not be accepting the punishment after all. Also says the England players "aren't ready to return to rugby yet", which I think is bollocks, frankly. they can't feasibly compete in Europe though, if accepting the 35 point deduction, ...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

Have you forgotten what Lancaster left behind? No. Why do you ask? Of Jones's final XV, how many had not been capped by Lancaster: Sinckler, Underhill, Curry? Is that some sort of case FOR Jones or against? He left behind an unfit squad in disarray. Nothing was 'gifted on a plate'. Selection is onl...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

Re. the bolded section, I can’t understand why you’re seemingly criticising him for using the quality of resources at his disposal? Surely that would have benefitted anyone coaching England? I wasn't criticising that, merely pointing out that most of his success has been gifted on a plate , especia...
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Bath V Ulster
Replies: 27
Views: 513

Re: Bath V Ulster

JJ looks a shadow of his former self.
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Players who need a break from test rugby?
Replies: 26
Views: 672

Re: Players who need a break from test rugby?

Jones now saying he should have started Marler and reverted to Farrell/Tuilagi/Slade for the final. He's right but why say it? I'm not a fan of Ford but that is an unacceptable kick in the nuts from the head coach. So if he says he doesn’t know why we lost he’s in the wrong and if he says he got se...
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Players who need a break from test rugby?
Replies: 26
Views: 672

Re: Players who need a break from test rugby?

You want to design a system based on relentless physical confrontation after we just lost a final following two physical games to a team that hadn't just had two physical games? Wouldn't it make more sense to look at options to remove such contest? I do agree on Farrell not doing enough as a 12. Th...
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Players who need a break from test rugby?
Replies: 26
Views: 672

Re: Players who need a break from test rugby?

Jones now saying he should have started Marler and reverted to Farrell/Tuilagi/Slade for the final. He's right but why say it? I'm not a fan of Ford but that is an unacceptable kick in the nuts from the head coach.
by Oakboy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Glos V Toulouse Friday.
Replies: 30
Views: 625

Re: Glos V Toulouse Friday.

Simpson, Cipriani, Atkinson. It's a pleasure to watch a 9,10,12 combo for a change.
by Oakboy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Players who need a break from test rugby?
Replies: 26
Views: 672

Re: Players who need a break from test rugby?

I'll reserve judgement till I've seen this weekend's selections and performances. Last weekend, for example, I thought Slade looked physically sharp but rusty in handling. I suspect a lot of players will just want to get fully integrated back in their club routines. Of course, it could be that the m...
by Oakboy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

Re. the bolded section, I can’t understand why you’re seemingly criticising him for using the quality of resources at his disposal? Surely that would have benefitted anyone coaching England? I wasn't criticising that, merely pointing out that most of his success has been gifted on a plate, especial...
by Oakboy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

At the moment, yes. Mostly because there is no clear contender that I can say is demonstrably better. Vern Cotter interests me. He’s a bit of an odd fish, but there’s no doubt he’s an excellent coach and his teams generally play effective, attack orientated rugby. I like Baxter, but I can’t say I e...
by Oakboy
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

The more important question is whether he has got what it takes to win it. World rugby will not stand still. We had the players to win it this time but will we have the players next time, if the standard has moved on 10% or whatever? I still find it most concerning that he has stated that he does n...
by Oakboy
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

The more important question is whether he has got what it takes to win it. World rugby will not stand still. We had the players to win it this time but will we have the players next time, if the standard has moved on 10% or whatever? I still find it most concerning that he has stated that he does no...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Exeter vs Bristol, Sandy Park, Sat
Replies: 44
Views: 1459

Re: Exeter vs Bristol, Sandy Park, Sat

Baxter certainly answered the criticism re playing the returning internationals. Programming in a break at the convenience of player + family so that a proper rest is achieved seems a common sense approach that should be applauded.
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm
Replies: 29
Views: 972

Re: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm

At 12 or 13 though? Difficult to know where Daly (who's a 13 for me) and Lozowski all play Assuming everyone is fit, they certainly have selection issues. Williams is their classiest player, IMO, and his best position is FB. However, if Goode is selected there and Williams moves to the wing, does D...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm
Replies: 29
Views: 972

Re: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm

Timbo wrote:Thought Isiekwe and Earl were really good up front, and Tompkins was all class in the backline.


Agreed. Just how good is Tompkins? On the few occasions I have seen him, he looks so special that he'd have to be close to being part of the 1st choice XV.
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: England going forward
Replies: 236
Views: 5743

Re: England going forward

Wow ... I’m about to agree with Oakboy for the second time in two days! Brown could have played against Tonga and the USA and then been brought in as a tactical decision for the final to counter SA’s kicking game. He would have been a far more worthwhile pick than McConnochie. If we had taken Brown...
by Oakboy
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: England going forward
Replies: 236
Views: 5743

Re: England going forward

Mike Brown for me, could've been useful in that final instead of Daly. I look back and wonder why Jones ever wanted Daly at FB. At the time Daly was one of the best wingers in world rugby. Even harder to explain, is why he played Brown on the wing for several games (4/5?). Was there a desire to pro...
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm
Replies: 29
Views: 972

Re: Glos v Sarries Sat 3pm

In this long advantage situation to Gloucester, it is Saracens who gain because the clock is still running.
by Oakboy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Jones
Replies: 133
Views: 3254

Re: Jones

I wonder what we will really get from the RWC under Jones. Is beating NZ in the SF the fantastic step forward in our team's long-term construction that some seem to be implying? Now, I accept that a glorious 27-30 defeat might have me assessing the whole thing differently to an extent, in that I nev...