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11 minutes ago, RP London said:

dear god that looks awful.. 

Hodgson, Widdop and Hastings have created nothing as a 3.. surely 1 change there to try something else is needed.. 

I am a big fan of Jack Hughes.. he is hard working, skilful, got good pace, tackles well, nice offload... ALL AT/FOR A 2nd ROW!!!! this isnt club rugby where you need to use the squad for the odd week to replace an injury.. call a specialist centre up FFS!!!!

To be fair, I can understand not flying a specialist centre up to fly round the world for this test, and who would that specialist centre be anyway? 

But this selection is just bizarre.

Hardly suggests we will be more attacking.

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4 minutes ago, Dave T said:

To be fair, I can understand not flying a specialist centre up to fly round the world for this test, and who would that specialist centre be anyway? 

But this selection is just bizarre.

Hardly suggests we will be more attacking.

you've probably got a point about the flying players out, although i dont think its that big a deal anymore. However, there were 2 wingers (at least) that were out for the 9s they could have looked at when Gildart went down, which would then have meant Hardaker didnt have to move to the wing. Or there was Reece Lyne who seemed to be on the up last year with a call up but now isnt near the squad.. even if they had had to fly back out from the UK they would have been there a week by now.

certainly the selection hasnt made me any more inclined to get up to watch it.. 

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33 minutes ago, RP London said:

you've probably got a point about the flying players out, although i dont think its that big a deal anymore. However, there were 2 wingers (at least) that were out for the 9s they could have looked at when Gildart went down, which would then have meant Hardaker didnt have to move to the wing. Or there was Reece Lyne who seemed to be on the up last year with a call up but now isnt near the squad.. even if they had had to fly back out from the UK they would have been there a week by now.

certainly the selection hasnt made me any more inclined to get up to watch it.. 

TBH, the selectors have just made a right pigs-ear of it all, and it is so clear that Bennett has no idea about SL players. 

Within seconds of the squad being announced it was questioned how light we were with our three-quarters, and here we are now with Hardaker on the wing and Jack Hughes in centre. It is like going back to Richard Horne and Karl Pratt covering for us in the early 00's.

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2 minutes ago, Dave T said:

TBH, the selectors have just made a right pigs-ear of it all, and it is so clear that Bennett has no idea about SL players. 

Within seconds of the squad being announced it was questioned how light we were with our three-quarters, and here we are now with Hardaker on the wing and Jack Hughes in centre. It is like going back to Richard Horne and Karl Pratt covering for us in the early 00's.

couldnt agree more!

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14 minutes ago, Dave T said:

Has there been any claim that we are not calling anyone up due to cost?

not as far as I am aware.. 

I would be interested to know why, he cant, surely, be confident with round pegs in square holes

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9 minutes ago, RP London said:

not as far as I am aware.. 

I would be interested to know why, he cant, surely, be confident with round pegs in square holes

The only mentions I have seen is that Bennett is confident with the squad he has. TBH, it doesn't surprise me that he wont fly somebody over for these two games. 24 players is fine, we still have 22 fit, but the issue goes right back to the start and the incompetent selections.

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4 hours ago, RP London said:

couldnt agree more!

The "selectors", plural. Who was it that selected Truman? I doubt Bennett. Let's not forget that two excellent three-quarters were out injured on the eve of the tour. Given a squad of 24 I would agree that one of the halves (surely Trueman) could be replaced by a centre.  Not sure who might have fitted the bill.

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2 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

Have we been more unlucky than usual with injuries, or is this pretty much what you'd normally expect?

I'm just thinking that we've lost Roby, O'Loughlin, Gildart, Hall, even Sam Burgess.

Roby was not selected, like SOL. plus Makinson and Percival on the rve.  Plus Johnston and Manfredi earlier. Gale has barely played for over 2 seasons. I'm sure others can think of others.

We have lost 2 starting threequarters in the middle of the tour. This on top of several who never made it on the plane.  Its no good pretending that the cupboard is not bare.

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8 minutes ago, Rupert Prince said:

The "selectors", plural. Who was it that selected Truman? I doubt Bennett. Let's not forget that two excellent three-quarters were out injured on the eve of the tour. Given a squad of 24 I would agree that one of the halves (surely Trueman) could be replaced by a centre.  Not sure who might have fitted the bill.

I would guess at Reece Lyn as he was close last year and was in the 9s.... whether we think him worthy of a place/international class etc surely he is better than Jack Hughes at centre! i just dont get the balance of the squad at all!

 

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29 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Jack Reed must be fit by now ..?

Gone for good, talking of which Kallum Watkins may be in Australia why not bring him in?....................................................Jack Hughes it is then????

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