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IMO Whitehead should have started alongside Ferres but a Whitehead/Farrell partnership with Ferres off the bench would also have suited. I'm not sure what Joel Tomkins has done to be selected ahead of Ferres and Whitehead.
I rewatched the England v Australia World Cup game yesterday and it's apparent that the English pack is too much for the Australian team. I don't know about this current Aus pack but if England's halves fire then we are in with a shout
I don't have any concerns over Westerman, he's been really good at a misfiring Hull FC this year and fully deserves his place. The back row is very strong defensively with Westerman and Farrell both being prolific and proficient tacklers. The one change Id have made would be Whitehead starting over Tomkins, I think the idea of Ferres off the bench is because he's more mobile and creative than the other back row options and his introduction late in the half could cause the opposition major problems.
On a side note:
How great must it be to seriously make a statement like,
"I’ve got exceptional power, which I can use if I think it’s for the greater good"
and not have everyone look at you like you're some sort of nut job!
Personally I can't see why you didn't leave it where it was, it's about a Rugby League players merits for being nominated for SPoTY. Can't see how that fits between the 'Liberal Democrats Conference' and 'Islamic State Bombing' threads!
His story is certainly something that would engage the viewers, from being a carer for his dad who passed away when Sam was 14, that hit on Moi Moi as an 18 yr old international debutant, Russel Crowe ringing him up out of the blue, the footage of Crowe giving Sam his dad's life membership, taking Australia by storm, being 1 of 4 brothers in that Historical 'Burgess set', the SBW rivalry, Slamming Sam documentary, his performance for England in the World Cup Semi Final, the fractured cheekbone heroics, 1st Englishman to win the Clive Churchill medal, The iconic photo of him in tears.
But nobody was doing this at one time GS this lead to a Great Britain side struggling for decent players in certain positions and the clubs shipping in loads of Australians. This led to SL clubs being forced into putting together academies which has been good for the game. It makes a difference. If it's left to Leeds and Wigan to produce the players that means they'll keep the best and just go on winning all the trophies.
Which it seems that is what they are doing. Schoey tips Leeds and Wigan to be grand finalists again. The way out of a two horse race and a malaise at lower SL clubs is for all pro- clubs to strive to develop young professionals.
Ignoring the predatory nature of Wigan and Leeds again!
Wakefield have had a young centre in their system for 3 years, he's an England International and regarded as a top prospect for the future. He's now 16 years old and Wigan have offered him far more money than Wakefield can afford so he's gone to Wigan, nothing wrong with that, it's his choice.
I will have a problem though, if/when he makes the grade and players Super League for Wigan and goes on to play as a full international, because everyone will say how great Wigans production line is and how the young kid is a Wigan produced player.
Now repeat for any number of players who get poached by 'bigger' clubs and repeat season after season ad infinitum and you get attitudes like yours where you deride Academy's like Wakefield's and Castlefords because you're ignorant of the facts