......pick proper halfbacks in the England side.
1) Kevin Sinfield is a great player for Leeds but England won't win the World Cup with him in the halves (I wouldn't even have him in the starting 13)
2) one thing we will have is a monster pack, so it'd be silly not to pick halfbacks who can take advantage of being on the front foot.
3) Gareth Widdop is carving it up in the NRL; why would he not be first in line for the number six jersey????
4) Matt Smith is improving all the time for Wigan. He might not be a world class No.7 yet but Sinfield NEVER will be!
5) Brough may well have driven over McNamara's cat for all I know, but the fact remains that he's been the dominant English half in super league. Swallow your pride, admit you were wrong and pick him before he decides he's Scottish again!
6) how many England/GB coaches have to lose series with locks playing in the halves before the penny drops? It doesn't work!
7) as Wayne Bennett once wrote: "if you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got."
Come on McNamara, make a smart choice for once. We may not win the World Cup anyway, but let's at least give it a bloody good go!
Not that this will come as any surprise( especially to Terryweb....) but I find myself in practically total agreement with all that you say, that is apart from the onus on Brough as our scrum/half.
Realistically Sinfield practically cements his place even if only for his goalkicking, although I do think that there should be a better alternative to having him on and supposedly bossing the team and generally running the show with everything having to go through him.
This method has been tried, tested and proven a failure on too many occasions to date and as you say, will fail yet again if implemented in the same old manner.
I do agree likewise that I to would omit Sinfield entirely, for once again 'as you say' and which is a point I am fed up also of making, he does not have the ability that shines through so well at and for Leeds, when he is pitted against the best from the S/Hemi.
God knows that after the first 40 minutes of play in the Anzac test last Saturday he will certainly have to be able to do so, possibly more than ever previously too.
On Brough I do go the opposite way simply because of his inconsistency, which in my opinion is his most obvious trait. On his day he could do what is required from him but, off it he would be absolutely diabolical, unfortunately from what I have seen of him those latter days do tend to outweigh the former and heavily too.
So for once I can see why MacNamara has leant the way he does where Brough is concerned, not for me at all either despite his obvious talents.