"Going into a big competition I would have had to turn water into wine to really sway him."
“It would have been very difficult to do so. Eddie has put his faith in Ford and Faz and they have done well for him. I can completely understand why he made his decision. Do I think it was the right decision? I don’t know. I am going to support England and hope they go great.”
"He has backed Ford and Faz for so long and they have brought him success."
“I knew I was on the back foot so I went into this summer with no expectation. The only thing I could do was enjoy it. Eddie is a very strong character and he is not going to be swayed by anyone.
“What is a fair crack of the whip? I can’t go in there demanding [game] time. It is just characters and different people. Eddie is in a high-pressure situation being England coach and he has done a great job. If I was picking the team I would have picked myself for sure but, if they could, everyone would do that.”
Very measured and mature response from Cips and you'd have to say it's pretty fair. Interesting note further down the article though, where it says that "Eddie's had a big conversation with 10-12 of us" about being ready in case of injuries. Suggests he's next cab off the rank if one of Ford or Faz goes down.