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Agreed, but I was talking more about now rather than over all time.
Posted 17:24 20th April 2012
@ jamesliveinhope - thankfully I had my fingers crossed!
@ TVaddict - I always likes John Eales too...
Posted 14:33 20th April 2012
I remember two years ago watching Parling in the premiership final and thinking, "We need to get him into an England shirt, and soon". It's a shame he then got injured for a season, otherwise he would probably already be an established international by now.
Still, I like the idea of a Parling and Lawes combo as both are mobile tackling machines.
To be honest, other than Brad Thorn, I feel second row is a weakness for New Zealand and Australia.
Posted 12:43 20th April 2012
@APV1 - doh!!!!!!!!!! (or "jinx" as my kids would say)
Posted 10:23 20th April 2012
@ruckingkiwi, give them time though and they'll all catch up with England - just be patient
Posted 10:22 20th April 2012
@ ruckingkiwi - you are absolutely right. England's players are far superior..!
Posted 09:58 20th April 2012
I'd go Lawes and Parling but potentially we have Lawes, Botha, Attwood, Parling, Palmer, Kennedy, Day, Robson and Kitchener who are all international class locks.
Posted 20:59 19th April 2012
really loving the Parling Botha combo with Palmer on the bench for expirience, Botha always looks a bit skinny compared to some locks but man does he hit hard so it doesnt matter, we need to get Lawes into a bit of form in the midweek team and as a Bath fan im not sure if Attwood is ready yet, but he looks like he will be the enforcer of English rugby, would be good to see someone come through in the backrow who is also an enforcer, but i dont see where that will come from, maybe carl fearns at bath?
Posted 19:25 19th April 2012
George Robson and Dave Attwood are the two names not in the elite squad that should be, in my opinion. I hope Graham Kitchener keeps on performing in the Saxons too, as he's really just a younger version of Parling and we need that sort of lineout technician in the team. It's all well and good having two incredibly athletic players in the second row, but as we've seen, lineouts suffer without a Matfield-esque figure on the field.
Posted 17:12 19th April 2012
Parling is like an extra flanker. I would prefer for you to send your so-called enforcers who put in bigger but fewer hits - we will absorb them easily as SA is packed full of similar players. With Parling (if he can stay injury free) you have a great player for the future with great skills. Most of the greatest locks have both great skills and can tackle (don't tell Bakkies!).
Posted 15:44 19th April 2012
George Robson, Matt Garvey,Kearnan Myall and Ed Slater were all in last Saxons squad. Depending on next few weeks might see Robson and Slater given a go in SA.
Posted 15:20 19th April 2012
Palmer. Parling. (Croft). Attwood. Botha. Lawes.
I'd happily have any of them in the 2nd row. My preference would be Lawes and Attwood, but it's good to have the options.
Any others out there worth considering giving a plane seat to?
Posted 14:29 19th April 2012