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.
Owen Farrel will I’m sure remain very much part of Lancaster’s plans and could quite likely reclaim his position during or for the start of the 6 Nations. He is a fantastic goal kicker. Goal Kicker’s often win you matches. George Ford now gets another chance to learn , to grow , to impress but to gain experience. For next year’s RWC if Ford is going to be used it would be good if he has games under his belt. Stuart Lancaster by selecting Ford and by selecting Billy Twelvetree’s at inside centre has sent the Aussie’s a clear message. That message is we not just going to dance our way around the ring , we are going to throw some punches of our own. It’s Bold and it may or may not work but what is the other option going to get you? This choice will be one of two things. England take a step in the right direction or England will find out if this choice is wrong.