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1 minute ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Why on earth is Ryan Hall there? 

Been a great servant for England.... Such a shame he goes out like this

He's got about the same amount of quality possession as he did at the Roosters. I don't think he'll be the No.1 choice when the RWC starts, but he's had few chances to show anything.

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5 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Looks like this Fiji squad is a fair bit worse than the 2017 group? Any reason why?

First game after traveling and a fair few players missing. England/GB have had similar howlers in the past first time out.

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3 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Sneyd has to play next week surely

He's had a very good game so far.

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Just now, DavidM said:

Big question is what he does with Welsby , or where

I said a while ago that Welsby has to be in the team as he makes stuff happen. He offers far more than Tomkins and far more threat.

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Just now, DavidM said:

Big question is what he does with Welsby , or where

I think it depends on the fitness of Tomkins and Farnworth but I’d have him in the side. Preferably at full back. 

Sneyd and Williams are our best halves combination in my opinion 

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Well, if Tomkins is fit I would fo with 1) Tomkins 6) Welsby 7) Sneyd 9) Ackers.

Let Sneyd manage the game, Tomkins link with the edges, backs and tell Welsby to do whatever he wants.

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The fact Welsby and Williams are off suggests to me they are being rested for Samoa.

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3 minutes ago, Damien said:

First game after traveling and a fair few players missing. England/GB have had similar howlers in the past first time out.

Oh agreed, but its hard to see what Fiji take out of this beyond "well we can't be worse than that".

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1 minute ago, Dunbar said:

Well, if Tomkins is fit I would fo with 1) Tomkins 6) Welsby 7) Sneyd 9) Ackers.

Let Sneyd manage the game, Tomkins link with the edges, backs and tell Welsby to do whatever he wants.

Have you got Victor on the bench

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Been rank Fiji. They’ll be much improved with the quality of their missing players to come in. 
 

Welsby, Williams and Sneyd have put a huge question to Wane regards Tomkins. I sense he’s not fully fit and therefore do we need to rush him in? I’d say not but he will play I reckon. 

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Just now, Tommygilf said:

Oh agreed, but its hard to see what Fiji take out of this beyond "well we can't be worse than that".

They’re weaker than in 17. They’ve not got the Simms trio or Wes Naiqama 

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1 minute ago, DavidM said:

Have you got Victor on the bench

Maybe start Radley at 9 so we don't have to carry a second 9 on the bench.

Radley plays 20 minutes at 9 then the rest as a middle.

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1 minute ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

The clock at the top of the screen appears to have stopped... 

Are the players moving on your screen?

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Just now, Dunbar said:

Maybe start Radley at 9 so we don't have to carry a second 9 on the bench.

Radley plays 20 minutes at 9 then the rest as a middle.

Yes i would then introduce Akers with his sniping game from dummy half

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