Predictably enough there has, in the aftermath of the Cardiff massacre, been much hysterical speculation about England’s need to rebuild.
That’s right – rebuild. After one defeat.
And who is calling for Stuart Lancaster to rip it up and
start again? Why, the very journalists who a few short weeks ago were telling
the world that England were near certainties for the 2015 World Cup.
From England’s perspective I can still see the likes of
Cole, Hartley, Parling, Robshaw, Wood, Youngs, Farrell and Tuilagi all
making the plane to Oz but, and I know this will sound like sour grapes, right now I must admit I really couldn’t give a rat’s arse
about who goes on the Lions trip and it could actually work in England’s favour
if the core of the team were available for the Argentina trip instead.
A tough trip to Argentina is probably the best thing for England this summer, offering Stuart Lancaster the chance to shuffle the
deck a little, bed the likes of Alex Corbisiero and Tom Croft (maybe as a lock) back into the team and try out out a few fresh combinations. For me at least a productive tour for England
holds more significance than the money-spinning exercise down under being undertaken by
Gatland & Co.