Monday, 20 June 2011

Sorry, what was the question?

If the answer is Manu Tuilagi, MikeTindall, Matt Banahan, Riki Flutey and Shontayne Hape, then what, pray, was the question?

Surely the question cannot have been"what is the answer to England's lack of midfield creativity?"

Unfortunately that is exactly what the question would appear to have been, at least as far as Martin Johnson is concerned. And don't call him Shirley.

Yes, the England RWC training squad was announced today. No massive surprises, although I would have like to have seen better options for the inside centre position and perhaps a few more Englishmen generally.

Oh, and Tim Payne? And Joe Worsley? Really? On the basis of what, exactly?

For those who have not seen it elsewhere, the training squad comprises:

Forwards: Mouritz Botha, George Chuter, Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft, Louis Deacon, Paul Doran-Jones, Nick Easter, Hendre Fourie, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Courtney Lawes, Lee Mears, Lewis Moody, Tom Palmer, Tim Payne, Chris Robshaw, Simon Shaw, Andrew Sheridan, Matt Stevens, Steve Thompson, Thomas Waldrom, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Joe Worsley.

Backs: Delon Armitage, Chris Ashton, Matt Bananaramaman, Danny Care, Mark Cueto, Toby Flood, Riki Flutey, Ben Foden, Shontayne Hape, Charlie Hodgson, Ugo Monye, Charlie Sharples, Joe Simpson, James Simpson-Daniel, David Strettle, Mike Tindall, Manu Tuilagi, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonny Wilkinson, Ben Youngs.

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