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@ ABlack - how do those words taste, now that you're having to eat them?
Posted 11:25 12th March 2012
The kid Farrell has got this "spin" he puts on Englands abysmal attack and try scoring ability( read non existent) from the coach Lancaster. The man is trying to limit the damage to his future coaching opportunities with England.
Farrell looks 1 dimensional so far as a player at Test level,( zero attack) and playing to instructions no doubt.
Posted 21:27 09th March 2012
@ sandal - Hear! Hear!
That young man has balls. Big brass ones. Genetically he's come from good stock - his father was certainly no shirker - but he's also developing into quite a steely young man.
He didn't quite tell MO'C to bugger off, but he implied it. Good man!
Future Captain material..? Let's start the media frenzy and pressure now!
Posted 11:34 09th March 2012
What surprises me most about this story is not Matt O'Connor's criticism, but that Owen Farrell has responded. Wee, young, Owen Farrell.
I assume his response was not authorised by anyone, and he probably would have been better fending off the reporter's query.
In not doing so, he may or may not have annoyed the England coaches. But I'm inclined to think of Farrell: "Good on him."
Posted 03:04 09th March 2012
Flood on form, yes but he's not, Youngs on form, yes but he's not and to hear a Leicester coach lecturing anybody about attacking play especially in the backs is like a pot calling the kettle black. Just stirring as usual. Would Flood have kicked all his points to date, I doubt it. Cloud Leicester cuckoo land.
Posted 23:12 08th March 2012
Youngs looked more likely to nod off than attack against Italy!
Posted 19:19 08th March 2012
If Flood and Youngs are so good, would Mr O'Connor please state why they are not in the team to play against Bath this weekend?
Posted 17:07 08th March 2012
O'Connell just summed up everything that was wrong with the last England management! Pick guys because they play for Leicester, regardless of form. Youngs and Flood are England's most creative pairing when they're clicking, the simple fact is, neither has played well for months! They have been justifiably dropped. He's probably just bitter that he isn't on the England coaching team. With comments like that, lets hope he never is!
Posted 16:52 08th March 2012
Hahahaha. You can see the bloke is from Leicester... If they had kept Youngs against Italy, England would have suffered a first ever defeat to the Azurri! He has been very poor this year and yes he CAN be good, but has been pretty much awful for the past year now.
Posted 16:27 08th March 2012
I'm glad Owen has had a pop back, I am sick of Leicester staff constantly whining about this sort of thing. I actually rate Youngs and Flood on their club form but they currently aren't coping at the international level. In the Wales game England lost the gain line defence battle when Toby came on and Ben still isn't quite firing as well as he was in Oz last year.
Matt O'Connor obviously hadn't noticed the quite substantial step up in attacking from the Italy game. Or the fact England didn't look as dangerous during most of the 20 mins that Flood / Youngs were on the pitch.
Posted 14:19 08th March 2012
MO'C is a prat. We've started with defensive structures and will now start to develop our attacking structures. And that's the way it should have been.
MO'C's comments were just like those of his boss, Cockers - like those of a petulant child.
Posted 13:40 08th March 2012
With an inside centre that can't create anything like barrit (awesome in defense and boshing up the middle but not creative) then you need a creative player like flood at 10. When you have a greenwood/ jauzion type 12 then you can play a wilkson/farrell/hodgson type flyhalf, who has a great boot and a solid set of skills but doesn't attack the line and usually plays from deep. At the moment our attack is not inlcuding foden and ashton at all.........apparently the game plan is to ship it along the line to tuilagi and see what he can do.
I can see where SL is coming fromToby flood has had one good game for club since his return from injury and youngs has been massively out of form, with hodgson and farrell doing a good job for england, its not particulary fair to drop them, however when on form flood and youngs will create so much more....so although unfair they have to play.
Posted 12:50 08th March 2012