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#1 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:48 PM

Looks a certain future England player, would like to see him play alongside Kallum Watkins at Centre for England. We certainly lack quality centres and for the sake of english rugby leaguevhe needs to develop in thst position and not as a second rower.

#2 Dave T

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:54 PM

Christ. But what about his hair?

#3 Konkrete

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:29 PM

Looks a certain future England player, would like to see him play alongside Kallum Watkins at Centre for England. We certainly lack quality centres and for the sake of english rugby leaguevhe needs to develop in thst position and not as a second rower.

Not fast enough. Second row all the way, wouldn't even consider him at 13.

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#4 MrPosh

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:04 PM

Not fast enough. Second row all the way, wouldn't even consider him at 13.

Top player and long term international future if he can stay away from injuries.

 

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#5 roughyedspud

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:32 PM

we turn far too many "big kids" into forwards....


then when we whinge when the aussies & kiwis rock up huge three-quarters...


and centers don't need to be quick...just bust tackles,make breaks,attract defenders and put in his winger & fullback

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#6 Harrigan

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:40 AM

we turn far too many "big kids" into forwards....


then when we whinge when the aussies & kiwis rock up huge three-quarters...


and centers don't need to be quick...just bust tackles,make breaks,attract defenders and put in his winger & fullback

 

 

Whilst I agree a little, an international centre has to have enough speed to make the breaks in the first place. Ablett is quicker and look at the abuse he gets on here for being a good centre.


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#7 Saint Toppy

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:07 AM

Whilst I agree a little, an international centre has to have enough speed to make the breaks in the first place. Ablett is quicker and look at the abuse he gets on here for being a good centre.

Only Leeds fans & McBanana would even think Ablett is a good centre - he's an average back rower playing in a good Leeds team !



#8 RSN

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:41 AM

Bateman is going to be a world class second rower. Leave him there.

#9 EastLondonMike

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:48 AM

Yep agree with the majority. Keep him in the back row, he lacks pace to play in the centre. He stood up Jordan Turner to set up Joe Burgess try in the Wigan v Saints game, but don't think he's as suited to centre as he is to the back row.

If any young forward at Wigan could make a go in the centre i'd suggest Jack Hughes, though he lacks blistering pace, he's pretty quick, and has good agility and strength. With a bit of work he could make a go of it in the centre i think.


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#10 1976PMJwires

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

A back rower and a bloooody great prospect.

Hope he's growing up off field.

#11 walter sobchak

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

Have to agree with the majority of posters saying Bateman should stay in the back row, as for an English point of view how good does a potential England back row of Bateman, saveillo and currie look in 2-3 years time?

#12 Fax1978

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

Would say saveillo will be an excellent prop in years to come. He's going to end up too big and not mobile enough or able to do enough mins for a back row. But agree there are a lot of good prospects coming through the ranks in most positions.

#13 The Big Gun

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:52 AM

Have to agree with the majority of posters saying Bateman should stay in the back row, as for an English point of view how good does a potential England back row of Bateman, saveillo and currie look in 2-3 years time?

Elliott Whitehead is the best English back row, and I imagine will still be so in 2-3 years time.

#14 walter sobchak

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:15 AM

Elliott Whitehead is the best English back row, and I imagine will still be so in 2-3 years time.


Agreed but I was talking more of the potential development of these 3 players as whitehead is already now an established super league player.

#15 Harrigan

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:48 AM

Only Leeds fans & McBanana would even think Ablett is a good centre - he's an average back rower playing in a good Leeds team !



:lol:

He's the best second row forward at Leeds and the best we've had since Lauitiiti in his prime.

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#16 giwildgo

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:59 AM

Yep agree with the majority. Keep him in the back row, he lacks pace to play in the centre. He stood up Jordan Turner to set up Joe Burgess try in the Wigan v Saints game, but don't think he's as suited to centre as he is to the back row.

If any young forward at Wigan could make a go in the centre i'd suggest Jack Hughes, though he lacks blistering pace, he's pretty quick, and has good agility and strength. With a bit of work he could make a go of it in the centre i think.

Jack's problem is his poor handling. Too many unforced mistakes, but if he sorts that out I agree he could be a good centre.

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#17 giwildgo

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

Elliott Whitehead is the best English back row, and I imagine will still be so in 2-3 years time.

Potentially with ball in hand, but he is a horrible defender - poor technique and decision making.

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#18 Brigg Rover

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:21 AM

Potentially with ball in hand, but he is a horrible defender - poor technique and decision making.

But you have to remember that most people only see the game going one way.



#19 The Big Gun

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:20 PM

But you have to remember that most people only see the game going one way.

He's not a horrible defender. All Catalans' home games are on Sky now, I'd suggest watching some of them.


Edited by The Big Gun, 30 April 2014 - 01:20 PM.





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