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Well England really missed a trick last year ,when S.Edwards was available he along with SL-GR and AF well i think England just might have won the 6Ns.But thats past .That England need a good attack coach isnt in question and M.Catt could fit the bill nicely if he leaves London Irish .I would also like a good defence coach along side him and maybe D.Ellis fits that bill imo Of course if P.Blake becomes available he would be my prefered attack / backs coach as his done wonders with the wallabies backs imo
Posted 17:38 13th April 2012
Heart of oak. Why would you think I am talking about Edwards and reason why the kiwis play the best attacking rugby is they have a good backline and not afraid to take it on. Taking that into consideration BA would be a good choice for an attack coach as he was good at that which leaves the defensive side of things to someone else. League play a flat defense making sure first up tackles are made so someone who knows about that. Easy peasy!!
Posted 17:03 13th April 2012
astrospange, I assume you're referring to Shaun Edwards ? If so, he's committed himself to Wales. If not, who do you mean ?
I personally don't care if the attack coach comes from Thailand or Timbuktu provided he/she/it can get some flair into the England back line. You never know - a thai lady boy might be able to show these big strapping rugby blokes an interesting trick or two. Table tennis, anyone ?
Seriously though, I reckon the kiwis play the best attacking rugby and so my personal preference would be for a proven kiwi coach.
Posted 15:50 13th April 2012
another possibility is to bring in Brian Ashton. He would give the side a better attacking structure. Combine that with an ex-rugby league great for defence and we should be alright.
Posted 10:03 13th April 2012
why would he leave the club when his son is the pivot! --- the england job is a poisoned chalice - lancaster will fold like a damp doilie and farrel would be a fool to go down with the lancaster bomber, especially as the rear gunner, who as we know always get killed first
Posted 08:06 13th April 2012
I'd like to see (like alot of others probably) Catt to take the position, he's more than capable of creating a very good set of well drilled backs moves...
Posted 17:59 12th April 2012
Mike Catt maybe - if not we'd maybe consider Smith (but he'd have to prove himself! Ha!).
To be fair if Smith wants a big pay packet (certainly bigger than the NZRU can ever afford) and a huge challenge then the England job is certainly for him!
I'd still rather have an Englishman (and before anyone says it I know Catt could be claimed to be a Saffa - but he played for England so that'll do for me).
Posted 17:52 12th April 2012
I'm surprised by this I must admit. I really thought he'd take the job. Wayne Smith would be nice but I don't hin he's available till later in the year.
Posted 17:19 12th April 2012
What does he actually do with Saracens/Englands attack can anyone enlighten me???.
Saracens are quite possible the least talented attacking professional rugby team full stop. I have seen them cut loose once in the last year, when they faced a weakened leiscester side at Welford Road in September.
While Englands attack was almost non existent in the 6 Nations, 5 games 2 good trys, Tom Crofts and Foden's,great offload by Ben Morgan I have to admit, which could be down to the fact that he plays for the Lianeli and they can do that in their sleep .
Posted 15:47 12th April 2012
As everyone seems to be saying it's no loss. Sarries backs have been very average all season and the England backline didn't really conjure up anything that spectacular in the 6N.
Posted 15:21 12th April 2012
Im not saying he isn't a good coach, but the part of the England team which AF was responsible for was the one area which still , despite the victories, attracted a lot of criticism.
Posted 14:25 12th April 2012
Mike Catt is more than likely leaving London Irish at the end of the season, and I'd much rather see him working with Stuart Lancaster in any case.
Posted 12:58 12th April 2012
That doesn't mean you can have Wayne Smith. We want Wayne to stay with the Chiefs. Or to have an overseeing role with all NZ rugby, like Graham Henry.
We don't mind if he has a (say) two year role (sabatical) developing one of the British clubs. But if he goes back to Intl rugby it needs to be as All Blacks coach.
Posted 12:18 12th April 2012
After watching saracens vs Clement I'm not actually that bothered. Wayne Smith please Mr Lancaster!!!!!
Posted 12:05 12th April 2012