Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Two hopes

It would appear that England now have two hopes of winning the Six Nations this year...

...Bob Hope and No Hope.

Following the autumn series, and despite what effectively were two stuffings by New Zealand and South Africa, I thought I detected sufficient promise in the overall England performances to be quietly confident that 2011 might be England's year. Unfortunately, however, injuries to Tom Croft and Courtney Lawes have holed such confidence below the waterline.

Martin Johnson's mission, should he choose to accept it, is to find replacement forwards with the same mix of athleticism and dynamism that Croft and Lawes bring to the party. Sadly, as today's announcement of the England Six Nations squad amply demonstrates, I fear that this will prove to be Mission Impossible.


GazP said...

Isn't that a bit of a damning indictment of the situation in the elite set up of the RFU? Don't get me wrong I think they are both potential "greats of the game", but losing a lock and back row shouldn't throw the richest union, with the most players to pick from, completely off course.

Now if we were to lose BOD that would be a different matter, but as we all know, he walks on water, actually invented rugby and knows where Elvis is.

Total Flanker said...

Indeed Gaz, the problem largely being that the period 2003-2007 was largely wasted in terms of bringing through promising talent. As a result potential replacements for Croft and Lawes are, for the most part, journeymen or, even worse, James Haskell :)