RWC 2015: Match 1 - England vs Fiji

Discussion in 'Rugby Union Discussion' started by Fiery, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Fiery GR Smith

    Fri 18th September 8:00pm

    Teams TBA

  2. Howe JHF Howe

    How we doing match threads? Just start one when you feel like it?
  3. Mariner CL Warrington

    Do pool threads instead imo.
  4. Fiery GR Smith

    Prefer match threads personally. Then we can discuss selections and follow them live etc.
  5. Notsure SM Green

    England have a decent draw despite being in the pool of death. Fiji will be a tough warm up, then they have Wales/Australia in a row before they can have a rest against Uruguay.
  6. Fiery GR Smith

    I don't mind opening threads for each game btw.

    Maybe put it to the vote but I would need a mod to change the thread title here...
  7. Fiery GR Smith

    A lot of people coming out and saying Sam Burgess is not ready to be playing in this WC. Most notably Will Carling and Brian O'Driscoll.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
  8. Howe JHF Howe

    Set up pool threads. But we'll use this one for opening night :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  9. cloughie09 TJ Clough

    Neither was Jason Robinson when he played according to "experts". Sam has that something special and you need players like that in your team, he might be a bench player but what a ball runner to bring off the bench
  10. BoyBlunder BOY Blunder

    Will probably miss this match live. Not sure as to whether I should try and go for a total WC blackout that weekend and watch in on the Monday when I'm back or just suck it up and miss it completely.
  11. cloughie09 TJ Clough

    I'd do a blackout and have a major catch up, there is nothing better than seeing it unfold
  12. BoyBlunder BOY Blunder

    That is what i normally try and do in these situations
  13. Droos JP Rhodes

    Pool threads > match threads.

    Nadolo to be the only decent player for Fiji. :p
  14. Fiery GR Smith

    This will be the only match thread. Howe has kindly gone to the effort of setting up pool threads.
  15. Mariner CL Warrington

    England unchanged for the opener:

    England: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby); George Ford (Bath Rugby); Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers);
    Joe Marler (Harlequins), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby).

    Replacements: Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby).
  16. Howe JHF Howe

    Very strong pack.

    Not a fan of the pace free bench as I've said before. 5 centre options and only 2 wings in the 23.

    Hopefully Burgess will prove me wrong and command a starting spot soon.
  17. Howe JHF Howe

    Just noticed we've got Generous Geoff in to start ahead of Launchbury. He must have a huge lineout role because I can't think of any other reason you'd do that.
  18. BoyBlunder BOY Blunder

    Maybe it's just a case of not wanting to have Launchers broken in the first game.

    Also I was speaking to a guy at work about our bench and he wants to see a big heavy replacements. Realistically we shouldn't be chasing the game so having match winners on the bench isnt needed. Big hitters on the other hand might be. Was an interesting point I thought
  19. Howe JHF Howe

    I don't think Lancaster intends to change tack after game 1 though. He's done this a lot
  20. The Boy Brumby ZJ Brumby

    I was mildly stunned to find out the Fijian #10 Josh Matavesi is a Cornishman by birth.

    Welcome change to the usual direction of talent.

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