Lance Hohaia (New Zealand Warriors)
Manu Vatuvei (New Zealand Warriors), Steve Matai (Manly Sea Eagles), Shaun Kenny-Dowell (Sydney Roosters), Jason Nightingale (St George Dragons)
Keiran Foran (Manly Sea Eagles)
Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
Simon Mannering (New Zealand Warriors),
Frank Pritchard (Penrith Panthers), Ben Matulino (New Zealand Warriors),
Adam Blair (Melbourne Storm), Isaac Luke (South Sydney), Roy Asotasi (South Sydney) ,
Sika Manu (Melbourne Storm), Sam Rapira (New Zealand Warriors), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Aaron Heremaia (New Zealand Warriors)
Australia will be weakened by the loss of Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston. The replacements will be excellent, but Inglis and Thurston have that x factor that opposing sides cannot counter.
England will be without Jamie Peacock in the front row. What a loss!
Adrian Morley and James Graham are the only other world class props for England. They face an awesome NZ front row. It is likely that young Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook will face a baptism of fire.
The star English backrowers Gareth Ellis and Sam Burgess will be countered by Frank Pritchard and Ben Matulino.
Will Sean O'Loughlin be up to doing the covering tackles against some of these Kiwi monsters, especially given the speed of the likes of Matulino, Blair, Pritchard and Mannering?
And where can England find a three quarter line to match the Kiwi four? They didn't nickname Manu Vatuvei "The Beast" for no reason.
Let's be honest now. This Kiwi team is good enough to beat Australia.
I haven't even named anyone from Super League, because none of those, other than Tony Puletua, would be up to the standard of the named side. Greg Eastwood, though good, would have to miss out. You certainly could not pick Tommy Leuluai or David Solomona in place of any of the named players.
I am not trying to spread doom and gloom. I am just being realistic. This Kiwi team is very impressive. And England has problems with losing Peacock, and the perennial one of possessing only a second rate three quarter line.
You can rave all you like about the demonstrated talents of Eastmond and Tomkins, but they cannot do anything if playing behind a beaten pack.
Everything in England's Four Nations prospects will rest on the shoulders of Morley, Graham, Ellis and Burgess
Edited by ParisSurtout, 03 September 2010 - 12:42 AM.