Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Don't panic Mr Mainwaring

...as Corporal Jones might say.

I'm afraid that the naming of England team to face New Zealand in the 2nd Test in Christchurch smacks purely of damage limitation.

Yes, although Rob Andrew and Martin Johnson obviously consulted this blog before including Tait, Varndell, Flood and Care in the starting XV, the selection of Jamie Noon at inside centre at the expense of Olly Barkley tells us all we need to know about England's intentions on Saturday - keep the score down and keep it respectable.

An understandable tactic in the circumstances but one that is destined to backfire, I suspect.

One thing I don't get - if there was never any intention of using the likes of Dylan Hartley, Nick Kennedy and Tom Croft in the Test series, what was the point of taking them to New Zealand? Wouldn't their development have been better served by getting game time at the Churchill Cup? Just a thought.

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