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McNamara hinting at squad shake-up?

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Let me know your thoughts on this, guys.

 

England coach Steve McNamara has hinted he may make a change to his squad ahead of the New Zealand game at Wembley on Saturday.

When asked about his selection, he offered the stock response: "I'll pick the strongest team I feel is suited for this game."

However, he went on to say: "I think the Kiwi opposition are slightly different to what the French were."

What does that mean? Is he going to make some changes? Or is he simply trying to unsettle the Kiwis?

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Let me know your thoughts on this, guys.
 
 

 

Do you see yourself as some kind of relaxed boss?

 

Who knows what he's thinking, he could be thinking about tinkering, or he could be just keeping the Kiwis guessing.

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After Chase's performance and his status with the Kiwis I think it would be a good decision to leave him out of the 17.

If he changes anything in the forwards then Farrell may lose his place. We need the biggest men possible v the Kiwis.

Widdop in for Chase,

Mossop in for Farrell, allowing Sam B to go 2nd row.

Burrow in for McIlorum. To match the Kiwis for pace in the middle.

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After Chase's performance and his status with the Kiwis I think it would be a good decision to leave him out of the 17.

If he changes anything in the forwards then Farrell may lose his place. We need the biggest men possible v the Kiwis.

Widdop in for Chase,

Mossop in for Farrell, allowing Sam B to go 2nd row.

Burrow in for McIlorum. To match the Kiwis for pace in the middle.

 

I wouldn't drop McIlorum vs NZ. He's the type of player we need to be playing vs NZ and AUS.

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"I think the Kiwi opposition are slightly different to what the French were."

 

By that he means about a million times better!!!!!!  

 

We haven't seen widdop properly yet but if he's 100% fit i'd play him instead of chase.

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This is the coaching equivalent of the double-pump pass Rangi Chase is so fond of.

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After Chase's performance and his status with the Kiwis I think it would be a good decision to leave him out of the 17.

 

Last time we played them at the KC the Kiwis spent more time getting themselves wound up about Chase than they did worrying about the game, giving away a shed load of penalties from what I can remember. So long as he bites his lip and rises above it he could be quite useful in that respect.

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I wouldn't drop McIlorum vs NZ. He's the type of player we need to be playing vs NZ and AUS.

No, he's too slow.

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No, he's too slow.

 

No he isn't. He will bring plenty of aggression and defensive strength to combat a likely NZ onslaught up the middle (they'll play 5 props) and Issac Luke. You then utilise Roby to injection pace and further direction to the English game plan. Burrow bar backing up will be largely inffective against NZ in my opinion; he won't get the staggered and broken defences he needs to thrive. I'll happily admit I am wrong if he destroys NZ if he plays but I don't think it will happen; the same with Australia.

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After Chase's performance and his status with the Kiwis I think it would be a good decision to leave him out of the 17.

If he changes anything in the forwards then Farrell may lose his place. We need the biggest men possible v the Kiwis.

Widdop in for Chase,

Mossop in for Farrell, allowing Sam B to go 2nd row.

Burrow in for McIlorum. To match the Kiwis for pace in the middle.

2 out of 3! Not bad!

 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/21/rangi-chase-dropped-england-rlwc-semi-new-zealand

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Let me know your thoughts on this, guys.
 
England coach Steve McNamara has hinted he may make a change to his squad ahead of the New Zealand game at Wembley on Saturday.
When asked about his selection, he offered the stock response: "I'll pick the strongest team I feel is suited for this game."
However, he went on to say: "I think the Kiwi opposition are slightly different to what the French were."
What does that mean? Is he going to make some changes? Or is he simply trying to unsettle the Kiwis?

 

 

Looks like you were on to something!

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MM's passing from AHB is slow and it seems to have a slight pause to it. Glad he is out

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