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Selecting England's 22-man squad ain't.....

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Pottsy    111

....that easy.

The need for balance and versatility means that some talented lads are likely to miss out. Our pack has the potential to be even more monstrous than usual; our backs look stronger than in a very long time; the only slight worry is the lack of a proven world class halfback but that's offset slightly by Widdop's emergence as a top level five-eighth in the NRL.

Anyway, for what it's worth, here's my 22:

1) Tomkins

2) Briscoe/Charnley

3) Watkins

4) Reid

5) Hall

6) Widdop

7) Brough

8) Graham

9) McIllorum

10) Mossop

11) Ellis

12) Farrell

13) S Burgess ©

14) G Burgess

15) Westwood

16) Hock

17) Sinfield

18) Roby

19) Crabtree

20) O'Loughlin

21) Hardaker/Goulding

22) Ratchford

Not as easy as you think, and lots of very good players on the outer!

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bobbruce    668

....that easy.

The need for balance and versatility means that some talented lads are likely to miss out. Our pack has the potential to be even more monstrous than usual; our backs look stronger than in a very long time; the only slight worry is the lack of a proven world class halfback but that's offset slightly by Widdop's emergence as a top level five-eighth in the NRL.

Anyway, for what it's worth, here's my 22:

1) Tomkins

2) Briscoe/Charnley

3) Watkins

4) Reid

5) Hall

6) Widdop

7) Brough

8) Graham

9) McIllorum

10) Mossop

11) Ellis

12) Farrell

13) S Burgess ©

14) G Burgess

15) Westwood

16) Hock

17) Sinfield

18) Roby

19) Crabtree

20) O'Loughlin

21) Hardaker/Goulding

22) Ratchford

Not as easy as you think, and lots of very good players on the outer!

It's harder than you realise you still haven't done it. ( ;

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Keith T    361

Go on then, what's the 'correct' choice....

 

I think he means you have named 24 players in your 22 !!!!!!!!!!!

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The Big Gun    30

Don't really see there being much of an argument for starting McIlorum over Roby. All that Micky Mac brings to the table which Roby doesn't is hot-headedness. 

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Wellsy4HullFC    1,577

No Roby in the 17 would be criminal! As would one prop on the bench.

I'd go with:

1. Tomkins

2. Charnley

3. Watkins

4. Reid (although not seen much of him, just can't recommend anyone else at present!)

5. Hall

6. Widdop

7. Brough

8. Graham

9. Roby

10. Mossop

11. Westwood

12. Farrell

13. S. Burgess

14. G. Burgess

15. Crabtree

16. Hock

17. Sinfield

18. Briscoe

19. Ellis

20. Hardacre

21. Carvell

22. O'Loughlin

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Pottsy    111

I think he means you have named 24 players in your 22 !!!!!!!!!!!

I see! Only put Charnley/Briscoe as TB has been injured. There's not room for both in squad.

Same with Hardaker/Goulding; we need someone who can cover across the back line; Hardaker edges it for me but, again, he's been out.

If everyone's fit Goulding and Charnley miss out.

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Pottsy    111

No Roby in the 17 would be criminal! As would one prop on the bench.

McIllorum is a much better all-round hooker for my money; I could happily pick Roby over Sinfield though.

There's no way he'll pick 3 specialist wingers in a 22 man squad though. Hall is a certainty, so it'll be either Briscoe or Charnley not both.

I'd hate to try and guess McNamara's thought process, but I'd suggest you also need a Kurt Gidley type player who can cover multiple positions well. For my money, Ratchford or Lomax offer the most versatility, whilst both being outstanding players in their own right.

I see you're point about props but is it such an issue with Big Sam at 13? Particularly when Hock and Westwood could both put in a shift in the front row.

The hardest thing once you pick your 17 is trying to cover your bases with your remaining five squad places.

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steef    143

Tomkins

Charnley

Watkins

Reed

Hall

Widdop

Sinfield

Graham

Roby

S.Burgess

Farell

Westwood

O'Loughlin

 

Crabtree

G.Burgess

Hock

Burrow

 

Hardaker

Lomax

Carvell

Ellis

Mossop

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Emosi Koloto    75

Chris Hill would be in my squad, he hasn't been quite as good this season but i think he will have a strong finish to the year, also what does Leroy Cudjoe have to do to get a mention ?

I think he is by far England's best all round centre, he is an attacking threat, he sets up his winger and is good in defence. 

Matty Smith also a chance for halfback ?

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Thought is was a 24 man squad? LE mentions Tim Sheens as stating that the 17 men he used for the ANZAC test have on foot in the squad then with the 18th man it leaves only 6 places for him to bring in younger players.

For what it's worth, I'm not sure who'd I'd leave out but I like Burrow on the bench.

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hindle xiii    691

McNamara talks about having his scoring system when reviewing players during games both here and in the NRL, jokes aside, I'd love to know what that is.

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