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Jim Mallinder

Postby Shiny » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:57 pm

Northampton Chronicle and Echo are reporting that Jim Mallinder is to take charge of the England vs Barbarians match in the summer. Maybe a kind of job interview?

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/former-saints-boss-mallinder-to-take-charge-of-england-fixture-at-twickenham-1-8807840
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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:15 pm

Shiny wrote:Northampton Chronicle and Echo are reporting that Jim Mallinder is to take charge of the England vs Barbarians match in the summer. Maybe a kind of job interview?

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/former-saints-boss-mallinder-to-take-charge-of-england-fixture-at-twickenham-1-8807840


What a weird turn. From last season, where the Barbarians game was treated as a warm-up full test, with the full available side selected (and media gnashing of teeth in adding it to our losing streak), now we appear to be going full development with the Pathway Manager in charge and presumably a bunch of neophytes turning out.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Scrumhead » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm

Indeed. Very strange.

In the absence of Saxons fixtures, I quite like the idea of the Barbarians game being a carrot for players on the fringes of the full squad, but why we’d ask Mallinder to get involved baffles me.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Shiny » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm

Puja wrote:
Shiny wrote:Northampton Chronicle and Echo are reporting that Jim Mallinder is to take charge of the England vs Barbarians match in the summer. Maybe a kind of job interview?

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/former-saints-boss-mallinder-to-take-charge-of-england-fixture-at-twickenham-1-8807840


What a weird turn. From last season, where the Barbarians game was treated as a warm-up full test, with the full available side selected (and media gnashing of teeth in adding it to our losing streak), now we appear to be going full development with the Pathway Manager in charge and presumably a bunch of neophytes turning out.

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I’m not sure I understand it. Unless it’s a chance for the grown ups to see how he performs at that level for the England coach shortlist.
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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:42 pm

Scrumhead wrote:Indeed. Very strange.

In the absence of Saxons fixtures, I quite like the idea of the Barbarians game being a carrot for players on the fringes of the full squad, but why we’d ask Mallinder to get involved baffles me.


TBF, he is the current England A coach and was in charge the last time they played the Wolfhounds. So if it's being treated as an England A game, then I guess it makes some sense that he'd be in charge. However usually he's in charge because the main coaching team are off doing something with the full side - not sure what Eddie and Co are planning on doing that week?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Mellsblue » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:47 pm

Uh oh. Remember the last chap who ultimately failed on the domestic stage and was then groomed within the RFU before taking the top job?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Timbo » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:07 pm

Puja wrote:
Scrumhead wrote:Indeed. Very strange.

In the absence of Saxons fixtures, I quite like the idea of the Barbarians game being a carrot for players on the fringes of the full squad, but why we’d ask Mallinder to get involved baffles me.


TBF, he is the current England A coach and was in charge the last time they played the Wolfhounds. So if it's being treated as an England A game, then I guess it makes some sense that he'd be in charge. However usually he's in charge because the main coaching team are off doing something with the full side - not sure what Eddie and Co are planning on doing that week?

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I suspect it’s something to do with preparation for the World Cup. I doubt Eddie wants any first team players involved given what they have coming up, and does he want to waste a week or two in camp with a ‘b’ team?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Digby » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:20 am

Mallinder means Mallinder

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Tigersman » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:57 am

We have 2 warm up fixtures that will have the finalists involved.
It makes sense to play a development team.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Mellsblue » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:13 am

The Times are reporting that Jones will pick the squad, which will not contain any players in with chance of going to Japan, but Mallinder will have sole control from there. They as say that this is part of the RFU’s elite coach development pathway (can’t remember the exact title), which is a worry.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Renniks » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:09 am

Why isn't this just an actual saxons fixture?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Tigersman » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:21 pm

Renniks wrote:Why isn't this just an actual saxons fixture?


Might affect ticket sales?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:17 pm

Renniks wrote:Why isn't this just an actual saxons fixture?


It's an England XV, as always - no caps are allocated. But England XV can be shortened to England vs Barbarians and that sells more tickets than Saxons.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Peej » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:28 pm

Mellsblue wrote:The Times are reporting that Jones will pick the squad, which will not contain any players in with chance of going to Japan, but Mallinder will have sole control from there. They as say that this is part of the RFU’s elite coach development pathway (can’t remember the exact title), which is a worry.


The worst of all worlds. Incredibly depressing for those picked after a long season of slog ("you've got no chance of playing for England, but fancy a run around this weekend?"), and then hoisting a group on Mallinder that he hasn't chosen for himself.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:18 pm

Peej wrote:
Mellsblue wrote:The Times are reporting that Jones will pick the squad, which will not contain any players in with chance of going to Japan, but Mallinder will have sole control from there. They as say that this is part of the RFU’s elite coach development pathway (can’t remember the exact title), which is a worry.


The worst of all worlds. Incredibly depressing for those picked after a long season of slog ("you've got no chance of playing for England, but fancy a run around this weekend?"), and then hoisting a group on Mallinder that he hasn't chosen for himself.


I don't know - I'd imagine it'll be a younger set of post-RWC prospects, rather than inviting the likes of Danny Cipriani to have a run around.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Mellsblue » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:30 pm

Double header with the woman’s team. Should be a good day out.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Which Tyler » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:32 pm

Puja wrote:I don't know - I'd imagine it'll be a younger set of post-RWC prospects, rather than inviting the likes of Danny Cipriani to have a run around

This - it'll be a case of "Fancy staking your case to full the boots of any pst-RWC retirees?"

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Tigersman » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:52 pm

Wonder which players will be retiring?
Brown
Ashton
Te'o
Cole
Are the only 30+ in the 6N's squad.

Manu is likely off to france.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby fivepointer » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:08 pm

Jones will be with the main England squad. Ryan will be with the u20's. Mallinder will be free and should relish the chance to take charge of what will be a very young and inexperienced side.

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:31 pm

Just thinking about the kind of team that we could turn out for this game, with the criteria of a) not likely to be involved with the England warm-up camp and b) being someone who'll likely be of interest to England going forwards.

I'd say:

Obano
Singleton
Stuart
J.Hill
Kpoku
T.Hill/Dombrandt
Willis
Mercer (c)

Vellacott/Maunder
Smith
Thorley
Williams
Marchant
Ibitoye
OIowofela

Boyce, Walker, Painter, Hill/Dombrandt, Curry, Vellacott/Maunder, Simmons, Dingwall

I'm sure I've missed a dozen (plus there'll be none from whichever teams are playing in the Prem final) - anyone think of who I've missed?

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Tigersman » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:56 pm

I suspect we will see no Top 4 players in it and maybe n U20's.

Would leave maybe currently
1. Obano
2. Singleton
3. Schonert
4. Stooke
5. Ewels
6. Willis
7. Ludlam
8. Mercer
9. White
10. Grayson
11. Ibitoye
12. Williams
13. James
14. Olowofela
15. Radwan

16. Walker
17. Harrison
18. Stuart
19. Green
20. Ellis
21. Mitchell
22. Searle
23. Loader

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby BenHK » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:08 am

From the Sale ranks I would be disappointed if B Curry, Ross, Beaumont, Harrison, Denny and S James weren’t at least in the training squad.

Realistically though I think only B Curry and, maybe, Beaumont and Denny will be there

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:19 am

BenHK wrote:From the Sale ranks I would be disappointed if B Curry, Ross, Beaumont, Harrison, Denny and S James weren’t at least in the training squad.

Realistically though I think only B Curry and, maybe, Beaumont and Denny will be there


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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Digby » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:22 am

Denny might be a drunk, but I'd back him to bag two if not three tries that Ashton fluffed against France

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Re: Jim Mallinder

Postby Puja » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:12 pm

Digby wrote:Denny might be a drunk, but I'd back him to bag two if not three tries that Ashton fluffed against France


Not unfair, although you could say that about Brown as well. I also can't see Dennie chasing like Ashton, nor tackling Picamoles. Thankfully, we do have Cokanasiga and Nowell which should make the choice unnecessary.

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