George Ford will start for England against Australia. It is bold to make this choice but one Stuart Lancaster had to make. Owen Farrel has not been up to his normal high standards. To often coaches don’t give players time to make their return from injury complete.Owen Farrel was not quite ready and he was thrown back in straight into the Test arena. George Ford has been banging on the door and when given his opportunity against Samoa he impressed. So his start is warranted.
The mistakes that I have seen being made by many Springbok coaches before Heyneke Meyer’s appointment are now once again being made by the Springbok coach.
After a disappointing loss to Ireland HM assured the press that all the changes he was making was not a knee jerk reaction but just a case of rotating players in his squad. Why then has Handre Pollard and Francois Hougaard not started since the Ireland test?
To beat the best and to continue to beat the best I feel you need to have an attack. Concentrate on trying to beat them rather than concentrate on trying to stop them beating you. England will reveal which way they are going to go by who they select at flyhalf.
After his performance against Samoa , many are saying George Ford should start at fly-half for England against Australia this coming Saturday at Twickenham. Continue reading
George Ford had a good first test start for England against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday 22nd November. Analysis of his performance can be seen at Rugby World. Ford is only 21 years old, yet England fans have been calling for his inclusion for some time.
George Ford has impressed previously in an England top in England’s age groups. Playing rugby against Samoa is not for a youngster who is not ready. Their bruising hits will soon find you out. George Ford took some hard hits but brushed them off easily.
Stuart Lancaster may have been hoping for 4 wins out of 4 in the Autumn internationals. The loss to the All Blacks England can take on the chin. Stuart Lancaster would have been targeting the match against South Africa as one to win. Continue reading
It is midday on Thursday 13 November 2014. South Africa are due to face England at Twickenham on Saturday the 15th of November. It definitely feels like the calm before the storm.
The Teams are set to go. Semesa Rokoduguni is out with a hip injury and Anthony Watson is in for his first start for England.