I missed the red button forum. What was Ian Millward's England team for the World Cup opening game? Chappers was talking about it pre-match.
I forget the whole line-up, but the talking point was that he omitted Sinfield.
As for the game, it was much better than last week from both sides, and although the score was again one-sided, England had to pull out a lot more tricks to score this time. Fakir answered the old question about who ate all the pies, though.
McIllorum was okay, but will almost certainly only be in the squad as cover for Roby. Hock was below his usual standard, but we all know he's better than that. The early targetting of Sinfield as kicker is a warning sign, as NZ and Oz will be in his face even faster than France, more consistently and more ruthlessly.
Hall, Tompkins, Watkins, all pretty much cemented their selections, so Hardaker may have to play out of position, if he features in the RWC.
What I did like in England's case was the unusual sense that I was watching a team
, rather than a bunch of strangers. Obviously, this is nowhere near the testing environment we'll face against the Kiwis and Kangaroos, but this is the best preparation we can organise this year.