Watching the Bulldogs v Knights match on Premier Sports today and it got me thinking about Graham and the England squad. He's generally considered an automatic for England, but I wonder how people think he has gone this year.
Haven't seen many Bulldogs matches this season, but when I have seen them, Graham doesn't seem to have had the same wow factor as last season. Can't think he's done owt wrong mind!
He obviously had the big suspension at the start of the season, but how has he been going generally this season?
Is he likely to be as devastating as usual for England in the World Cup this year, or is he not currently playing his best footy?
Last season Graham could easily have been awarded the 'Best Prop in R/L' title and easily too. He was simply superb and surprised me as to how differently he could play the game.
I have high lighted your last line because as you may have deduced from my previous comment, I never considered his England form at even close to being described as devastating.
Relentless, of course, but for all he put in I always thought that he achieved so little especially against the top two S/Hemi sides, who habitually handled him with comparitive ease.
This term he has not been so effective but again, considering the decline that his team has displayed he has still managed to sustain a high regard and possibly, has also even enhanced his own reputation too.
He certainly is going to be a shoe in and rightly so, however it depends on how he is directed to play that matters. If MacNamara insists that he carries out those old bulldozing tactics with which he was utilised for previously, for England, then I contend that his presence will not be fulfilled to anywhere close to what he displays in the NRL.