Thursday, 1 September 2011

RWC Snippets...

After having cut myself off (sounds painful) from the outside world for a couple of weeks, I’ve been busy trying to get myself back up to speed with the RWC build up….

o       An almost unprecedented 2 defeats on the bounce appears to have caused more than a few palpitations in the NZ media. If you listen really, really closely you might just be able to make out the beginnings of the sound of collective choking…

o       With Danny Care’s injured toe proving more serious than Lewis Moody’s injured knee (?) and with Ben Youngs’ fitness open to doubt, England may find themselves on the brink of a fully blown scrum half crisis. Richard Wigglesworth? Really?

o       It seems that yet another RWC will be Henson-free, a damaged wrist letting Warren G off the hook. What will the tabloids (and indeed this blog) find to write about now?

o       I hate to say it, but a 6 month lay off for 35 year old David Wallace doesn’t bode well for his international future.

o       While full of admiration for Jonny Wilkinson – if the plan was always to revert to his more pragmatic skills for the World Cup, what exactly was the point of choosing Toby Flood as first choice 10 for the last 12 months?

o       It’s official. Manu Tuilagi is English.

o       Finally, the England players are reeling in shock at the news that they will not be the most hated team in the tournament. While 33.8% of New Zealanders polled by the NZ Herald said that Australia was the one team they would not want to see lifting the William Webb Ellis Cup, England polled a pathetic 9.1%, coming in third behind South Africa. I know we might not be seen as much of a threat but we're arrogant and patronising, right? Surely you must hate us a little bit more than that?

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