Monday, 7 November 2011

England - a 5 point plan

Yep, me again, still banging on about England.

Here it is, the Total Flanker solution to all of England's woes - a brief 5 point plan to ensure that England conquer the rugby world in 2015...

1.      Sort out HQ – the internal bickering and political manoeuvring has to stop. Get it sorted and start giving proper support to the team management.

2.      Out with the old and in with the new- no pussy-footing around and no talk of transitional periods. Any player considered unlikely to be around for selection in 2015 should not be picked for England again. Experience wins World Cups. Ergo, young English talent needs to be given opportunities sooner rather than later to build a wealth of international experience come 2015. George Ford, Owen Farrell et al should be fast-tracked into the elite squad. And, while we're at it, appoint a young captain for the long term.

3.      Bring in the best - use the RFU's considerable financial muscle to bring in best of breed as head coach and allow him to go out and cherry pick his coaching team. And forget the idea of making Martin Johnson into some kind of disenfranchised figurehead - either he's the big cheese who runs the show or he moves on.

4.      Get tough - no stupid haircuts, no stupid swallow-dives, no stupid extra-curricular stuff. Get the squad to buy into a code of conduct and enforce it rigorously. If they have any pride in themselves at all the players themselves should insist on this.

5.      Sign Sam Tomkins - however it's done just make it happen.

Not exactly rocket science...


Nursedude said...

It's tough to argue against your ideas, Flanker. Does the RFU have the cojones to follow through on your bullet points? (I particularly agree with the code of conduct part and grooming the younger players in a four year plan)

Live Rugby Commentary said...

It's nice to see a serious plan that looks to the long-term and not just a quick fix for the upcoming six nations or to save Johnson's job.

Von said...

100% agree with point 2.

I'd like to see this starting line-up:
1. Alex Corbisiero
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Matt Stevens
4. George Robson
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Tom Wood
7. Chris Robshaw (capt)
8. Phil Dowson
9. Joe Simpson
10. George Ford
11. Charlie Sharples
12. Owen Farrell
13. Manu Tuilagi
14. Chris Ashton
15. Ben Foden

Bench would include Croft, Flood, Twelvetrees, Jon Clarke, Cole, Wigglesworth.