Redpath in Scotland's Six Nations squad
20/01/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 353
Head coach Gregor Townsend says being a former team-mate of Cameron Redpath's dad Bryan was not a factor in the Bath centre electing to play for Scotland over England.
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20/01/2021 12:49:34 10 13
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I’m all for selecting Redpath, but we’re getting to the point where there won’t be a single Scottish accent in the squad. We can’t keep relying on England, NZ and SA to develop players for us.
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20/01/2021 13:03:53 22 6
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Son of a Scotland captain? Rather different than Jockbok project players. This is a real coup.
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20/01/2021 15:03:27 3 1
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Redpath played for Scotland u18s as well as England u20s. He's as duel qualified as it gets. He was born in France too...

Accents are no basis for selection. There's a huge difference between someone being raised just south of the border and signing project players from South Africa.

Every year, people forget we are a tiny rugby nation and have to do what we can to compete.
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20/01/2021 12:50:03 17 4
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Some exciting players in the squad - with one eye on the next RWC. Although don't necessarily agree with all of Toony's tactical choices, got to get behind the boys and fingers crossed for a great tournament (which I will be watching from the comfort of my own home)
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20/01/2021 12:50:11 4 7
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Will Eddie name him in the England squad too?
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20/01/2021 13:23:44 7 3
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Only if he's NZ/Australian or Fijian.
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20/01/2021 12:51:18 30 5
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Decent squad, some exciting talent if they get a chance.

Good to see Graham back (potentially solve the 8 problem) and Redpath declare (no one has really made 12 their own yet).

First team more or less picks itself, especially the forwards.

Shame for Hutchinson (spose he was injured recently) and Skinner (no idea how Gilchrist gets selected on current form).

Hoping for some home wins!
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21/01/2021 01:26:58 4 24
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Graham is that the guy who wanted to play for England but when EJ called him up and then didn’t pick him went running back to Scotland.Redbath England U 20 born in France Hmmm.Another England wannabe who knows he’s not good enough but Scotland are that desperate they’ll have anyone.
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21/01/2021 07:54:34 2 9
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It’s alright selecting all these players who play in England but will the Krankie let them in?
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21/01/2021 11:54:36 3 1
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Issue of Gilchrist v Skinner is that if Skinner is not in the Match Day 23 then he has to go back for Exeter - which puts the bubble at risk.

All the Scottish based players are under the control of Townsend - hence why a lot of 50/50 calls may have sided with Scottish/Pro14 players
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20/01/2021 12:54:42 4 28
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Here comes the wooden spoon
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20/01/2021 13:23:12 14 2
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Na - dont think England will suffer this ingonminy this season reckon if they manage to beat Italy they will come 5th.
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20/01/2021 12:54:51 2 3
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Can we say that the 6 nations is going ahead anyway? If it starts there will be positive tests and games called off. If european games been stopped then why 6 nations?
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20/01/2021 12:57:33 4 1
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The FFR pulling out of the European comp is so the national team can play in the 6 Nations. It's a bigger revenue draw for them.
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20/01/2021 12:55:53 18 8
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Yet another class young player Jones has let go.
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20/01/2021 18:48:21 2 6
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I’m sure having Tuilagi, Slade, Joseph, Marchant, Lawrence, Devoto and (according to some reports) Odogwu to choose from will more than make up for this loss.

So quit ya whining.
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20/01/2021 12:56:19 33 9
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Best squad barring injuries in a while..
Back row of Ritchie, Watson, Graham is the gritty powerful unit we've lacked!!
Redpath is amazing coup...been best inside centre arguably last season and this in Premier, silky skills, quick, great defence..
Backine of Hogg, VDM, Jones/Harris, Redpath, Graham, Russell, Steel (faster service and speed to breakdown than Price) looks very tasty!! C'mon!!
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20/01/2021 16:20:03 7 4
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Totally with you in this analysis. Great to see Jones looking so sharp last weekend. I'd also get Richie Gray back in, just has the class.
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21/01/2021 01:29:39 0 4
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Backside slapped first up but should beat Italy and Wales.
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21/01/2021 12:04:13 1 1
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Don't forget Rory Hutchinson, quality play but then I am a Saints fan.
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20/01/2021 12:54:51 2 3
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Can we say that the 6 nations is going ahead anyway? If it starts there will be positive tests and games called off. If european games been stopped then why 6 nations?
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20/01/2021 12:57:33 4 1
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The FFR pulling out of the European comp is so the national team can play in the 6 Nations. It's a bigger revenue draw for them.
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20/01/2021 12:57:48 10 5
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Good to see Scotland pick a young Scottish player rather than the Jockbock's. May it continue.
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20/01/2021 13:03:58 13 13
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Redpath was born in France and grew up in England. We’ve had nothing to do with his development at all. We’ve pretty much poached him from the English.

But if anyone can afford to lose players it’s them. I see they’ve called up Odogwu. Would you rather have an Centre from one of the top teams in England, or from one of the worst teams?
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20/01/2021 12:59:35 21 6
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what on earth has 'Sam' done to continue to upset Townsend and Scottish Rugby - what a mistake not having him available because our no1 choice is just not good enough and Exeter are hardly renowned for fielding 'passengers'
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20/01/2021 13:36:54 7 3
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Could work for Skinner and Hidalgo-Clyne
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20/01/2021 16:23:02 0 2
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Yes. But is he first choice at Exeter? I do rate him, but the fact is that he isn't first name in his position on the team sheet. Similar to SHC at scrum half.
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20/01/2021 17:33:14 0 2
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playing well for Exeter but has never really shone in his outing for Scotland. Gray's (snr) has been great of late and Graham deserves the back row slot. Hard choices
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20/01/2021 23:23:51 1 1
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Leaving out Skinner and SHC seems to be linked to them having to return to their club midweek. Not something you can do with COVID on the loose.
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20/01/2021 23:43:33 0 1
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Agreed. Harris seems to have the Toonie anointing for selection, but does not produce. Sam Johnson's first cap was against the Eng's at Twickers last time down. Had a great game & his try should have been the winner.
He is a real find. GT should have selected Johnson & Redpath and omitted Harris. GT's selections are surprising sometimes as are his tactics!
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20/01/2021 13:02:21 7 4
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Bugger
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20/01/2021 13:02:39 61 12
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Redpath is a seriously classy player. That’s a much bigger loss for England than Tompkins, Williams or Sheedy.
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20/01/2021 17:17:27 7 5
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I'd say wait and see. He hasn't played a game for Scotland yet, so isn't committed.

But yes, great acquisition for Scotland, if he goes that way.
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21/01/2021 10:42:20 0 2
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I think if EJ wanted Redpath he would have got him,if you watch Bath he’s not effecting the results is and Odogwu made Bath centres look silly the other week,EJ’s main job is to ensure him and Randall don’t get poached.
Seems the Premiership clubs are insisting on players returning to their clubs if not in the match day 23 and on non international weeks.
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21/01/2021 22:56:14 1 0
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“ bigger loss for England than Tompkins, Williams or Sheedy”

Not sure any of these players would get anywhere near the England squad. It’s good that they can go and improve the lesser nations and get a few caps along the way. It’s win-win, apart from on the field obvs.
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20/01/2021 12:49:34 10 13
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I’m all for selecting Redpath, but we’re getting to the point where there won’t be a single Scottish accent in the squad. We can’t keep relying on England, NZ and SA to develop players for us.
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20/01/2021 13:03:53 22 6
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Son of a Scotland captain? Rather different than Jockbok project players. This is a real coup.
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20/01/2021 13:09:08 4 17
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What influence has Scottish rugby had on his development? None. I get that we only have 2 pro teams, but endlessly picking players who have come through the ranks for other nations is making is a laughing stock. As fans we have to continue to make excuses for their selection. “He’s got a Scottish dad”. So what?
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20/01/2021 12:57:48 10 5
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Good to see Scotland pick a young Scottish player rather than the Jockbock's. May it continue.
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20/01/2021 13:03:58 13 13
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Redpath was born in France and grew up in England. We’ve had nothing to do with his development at all. We’ve pretty much poached him from the English.

But if anyone can afford to lose players it’s them. I see they’ve called up Odogwu. Would you rather have an Centre from one of the top teams in England, or from one of the worst teams?
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20/01/2021 13:23:59 1 3
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But he has actual Scottish credibility, and at 21 (?) he is one for the future too.
We wont know how good he will be until he has had a few (10+ games)
i do agree if he was top drawer Eddie would have been in his year and im sure he would have picked England.
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20/01/2021 13:38:15 6 1
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Oh come on, his dad's got like 300 caps for Scotland
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20/01/2021 13:46:20 1 1
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Er, and England haven't called up Odogwu, that is just meeja speculation
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20/01/2021 16:31:02 0 2
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Well said.
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20/01/2021 13:03:58 1 16
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Barrel scraping me thinks
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20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
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England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
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20/01/2021 13:09:36 0 3
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I thought Heinz had been ditched for Robson?
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20/01/2021 13:18:09 8 3
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Heinz being a scrum half and Redpath being an inside centre / fly half???
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20/01/2021 13:25:17 4 3
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I thought Heinz was a scrum half and Redpath is a centre?
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20/01/2021 14:00:59 3 2
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Heinz? Should never been picked for England for several reasons, the most relevant is he's not very good!
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20/01/2021 14:15:08 4 1
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Haha,

how have most people missed the joke here.

Duh
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20/01/2021 13:03:53 22 6
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Son of a Scotland captain? Rather different than Jockbok project players. This is a real coup.
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20/01/2021 13:09:08 4 17
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What influence has Scottish rugby had on his development? None. I get that we only have 2 pro teams, but endlessly picking players who have come through the ranks for other nations is making is a laughing stock. As fans we have to continue to make excuses for their selection. “He’s got a Scottish dad”. So what?
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20/01/2021 14:07:30 6 1
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I get what you mean but Redpaths inclusion is ok. Its the saffer who qualified after 3yrs residency, got his cap and then signed for an English team the day after who is taking the pish and should be sacked off. He's the one making the SRU a laughing stock
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20/01/2021 14:38:50 2 1
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I agree with you to some extent but with the smallest player pool in the tournament by quite a way (next smallest is Wales which is almost double ours) we have to look at alternatives.
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20/01/2021 15:40:28 1 2
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Bryan Redpath was just another Scot?
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20/01/2021 13:09:26 7 1
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A good opportunity to blood some new players and getting Gary Graham back in the fold. Might as well experiment in front of the biggest combined TV audience on the planet. Nae pressure then. Congrats to Dave Cherry, just goes to show, never ever give up !!!!!!!
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20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
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England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
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20/01/2021 13:09:36 0 3
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I thought Heinz had been ditched for Robson?
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20/01/2021 13:10:46 9 1
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Decent enough squad. Good to see R Gray back in there, along with his teammate Huw Jones. R Gray has been brilliant in the lineout for Glasgow. Also, this could be Turner's time to shine. Great to see the options for 8, Thomson, G Graham and M Fagerson. Nice to see Redpath nailing his colours to the mast. Need to get him capped though.
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20/01/2021 14:30:47 6 2
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Was very impressed with Turner in the loose in his last international game but his lineout throws were a wee bit dodgy. He's been getting more game time with Glasgow though so looking forward to see how he goes for Scotland.
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20/01/2021 13:15:45 4 4
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No Skinner, Hutchinson or Sam Johnson??? Johnson’s fall from grace is Huw Jones like - bit of a loss of form, but let’s hope he recovers. Happy to see Graham back in the mix for 8 - we have yet to solve that problem. I just pray that Jones recent return to form for Glasgow (albeit at 15) sees his get the nod at 13. We seriously need creativity in the midfield - not Harris, to set the back 3 alight
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20/01/2021 13:25:17 6 1
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Sam Johnson is injured - has been so for the majority of 20-21 season too. Needs some game time when he gets back to get back to where he was.

To be fair to Harris - he has been superb in defense for Sco / Glo recently, and no slouch in attach either. Think part of the problem is 12, Johnson and Taylor hardly set the world alight in attack. Hoping Finn can help that.
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20/01/2021 13:27:36 1 1
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I believe Sam is injured, hence his omission.
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20/01/2021 13:38:16 8 1
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Have to disagree with you my friend. As an expat living in Gloucestershire I've seen a lot of Chris Harris and for me he's an automatic pick
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20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
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England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
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20/01/2021 13:18:09 8 3
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Heinz being a scrum half and Redpath being an inside centre / fly half???
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20/01/2021 13:19:27 5 2
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Gilchrist ahead of Skinner?

Anyone been watching Sale recently? Both Bevan Rodd (prop) and Tom Roebuck (wing) playing well amongst the Boks. Both Scottish qualified.
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20/01/2021 13:26:24 6 16
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Scottish qualified basically means they’re not Scottish, but get in on a technicality.

Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing.
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20/01/2021 12:54:42 4 28
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Here comes the wooden spoon
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20/01/2021 13:23:12 14 2
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Na - dont think England will suffer this ingonminy this season reckon if they manage to beat Italy they will come 5th.
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20/01/2021 14:02:52 0 6
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England definitely won't win wooden spoon, they'll be vying for 6N title along with favourites France. Scotland on the other hand....
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21/01/2021 09:01:35 0 1
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We haven't seen Steadys picks but if he resorts to his base instincts then we'll expect the usual suspects & usual mindset..defence, bully, defence, Itoje whooping & clapping, defence, infringements, defence, strangling the life out of the game, defence!, however we know clever play unlocked that "mindset" on a number of occasions in 2020, the likes of Biggar, Ntamack & Russell will come into play
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20/01/2021 12:50:11 4 7
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Will Eddie name him in the England squad too?
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20/01/2021 13:23:44 7 3
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Only if he's NZ/Australian or Fijian.
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21/01/2021 16:14:15 0 1
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Noticed you left out SA
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20/01/2021 13:03:58 13 13
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Redpath was born in France and grew up in England. We’ve had nothing to do with his development at all. We’ve pretty much poached him from the English.

But if anyone can afford to lose players it’s them. I see they’ve called up Odogwu. Would you rather have an Centre from one of the top teams in England, or from one of the worst teams?
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20/01/2021 13:23:59 1 3
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But he has actual Scottish credibility, and at 21 (?) he is one for the future too.
We wont know how good he will be until he has had a few (10+ games)
i do agree if he was top drawer Eddie would have been in his year and im sure he would have picked England.
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20/01/2021 13:15:45 4 4
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No Skinner, Hutchinson or Sam Johnson??? Johnson’s fall from grace is Huw Jones like - bit of a loss of form, but let’s hope he recovers. Happy to see Graham back in the mix for 8 - we have yet to solve that problem. I just pray that Jones recent return to form for Glasgow (albeit at 15) sees his get the nod at 13. We seriously need creativity in the midfield - not Harris, to set the back 3 alight
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20/01/2021 13:25:17 6 1
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Sam Johnson is injured - has been so for the majority of 20-21 season too. Needs some game time when he gets back to get back to where he was.

To be fair to Harris - he has been superb in defense for Sco / Glo recently, and no slouch in attach either. Think part of the problem is 12, Johnson and Taylor hardly set the world alight in attack. Hoping Finn can help that.
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20/01/2021 14:45:20 0 1
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How good and refreshing to read a positive and accurate comment
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20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
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England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
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20/01/2021 13:25:17 4 3
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I thought Heinz was a scrum half and Redpath is a centre?
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20/01/2021 13:33:32 8 2
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All correct.

The parallel between them both playing age grade rugby for one nation and senior for another.

The basis of the irony of the original comment being that Redpath is a great prospect and Heinz should've been around 8th choice when he was last picked for England.

Nevermind....
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20/01/2021 13:19:27 5 2
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Gilchrist ahead of Skinner?

Anyone been watching Sale recently? Both Bevan Rodd (prop) and Tom Roebuck (wing) playing well amongst the Boks. Both Scottish qualified.
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20/01/2021 13:26:24 6 16
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Scottish qualified basically means they’re not Scottish, but get in on a technicality.

Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing.
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20/01/2021 13:43:01 5 1
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Rodd from Dunoon and Roebuck from Inverness. Most young Scots who qualify for England and play for an English club will enter the English system due to the EQP funding programme to ensure they continue to be employed. Once they have secured a professional contract they make a decision on who to play for.
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20/01/2021 13:51:36 10 1
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Lots of people of mixed heritage qualified for 2 or 3 countries by family alone. Or do you think we should only pick on dialect?
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20/01/2021 14:11:17 3 2
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People forget Adam Hastings started at Bath
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20/01/2021 15:19:30 2 2
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Both born in Scotland.

Trawling England? Unfortunately we're not good enough to not do that. Exiles have always been another route into all the Celtic nations. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
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20/01/2021 17:31:43 4 1
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So the fact I have a Scottish Dad and have supported Scotland my entire life doesn't count because I was born in Germany (due to my Dad being in the Army) and, having lived in 5 countries, have an English accent? CR was born overseas because his BR's job took him there - he's still Scottish! There are 100K+ Scots living in London, are they or their children somehow less Scottish because of it?
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20/01/2021 19:59:00 2 2
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"Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing"

What's embarrassing is you not having a clue about Scottish rugby!
Rodd and Roebuck were both born in Scotland, albeit Roebuck left at a very early age and has played for England at various levels
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20/01/2021 13:15:45 4 4
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No Skinner, Hutchinson or Sam Johnson??? Johnson’s fall from grace is Huw Jones like - bit of a loss of form, but let’s hope he recovers. Happy to see Graham back in the mix for 8 - we have yet to solve that problem. I just pray that Jones recent return to form for Glasgow (albeit at 15) sees his get the nod at 13. We seriously need creativity in the midfield - not Harris, to set the back 3 alight
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20/01/2021 13:27:36 1 1
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I believe Sam is injured, hence his omission.
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20/01/2021 13:32:25 4 1
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A better squad than we've had for a while. Skinner and Hutchinson might have been a better pick, especially given Taylor's unfortunate injury record, but should go well with a good game plan and tail wind...
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20/01/2021 13:25:17 4 3
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I thought Heinz was a scrum half and Redpath is a centre?
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20/01/2021 13:33:32 8 2
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All correct.

The parallel between them both playing age grade rugby for one nation and senior for another.

The basis of the irony of the original comment being that Redpath is a great prospect and Heinz should've been around 8th choice when he was last picked for England.

Nevermind....
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20/01/2021 13:49:46 2 1
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Come on, Redpath's dad is an ex-Scotland player. Cameron could never have picked England to player for. It's like Gary Graham playing for England. Both Graham and Redpath's dads would be livid.
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20/01/2021 14:02:28 7 1
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I got your point and liked it!

Tough times when that sort of irony seems so difficult to interpret!!
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20/01/2021 13:35:18 18 3
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Have to say, not sure what Townswnd sees in JVDW. Yes, I know Hastings is injured. But, geez, Ross Thompson even showed JVDW how to play 10, the other night.
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20/01/2021 14:28:03 2 3
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Crikey, I nearly choked on my lunch by reading your comment too quickly. At first glance I though you were referring to Brandon Thompson !! Surely Brandon will never ever ever get another chance to play for GW or rugby.......at any level. Well certainly not with kicks in FRONT of goal, NO charge downs allowed..........and NO spectators !!! Perhaps he prefers a full house and to be heckled/booed
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20/01/2021 14:45:47 3 3
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A very ordinary stand off. Ross Thomson any day.
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20/01/2021 23:20:05 0 1
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Ross Thompson was solid and way better than Brandon Thomson - although that wouldn’t be hard. He’s got a chance to progress but he’s proved nothing in 1 game which Edinburgh should have won.
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21/01/2021 20:04:38 0 0
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Gregor isn't a fan of Duncan Weir is he? Perfect kicking record, solid, Scottish, not a Finn Russell but neither is JVDW. Just how many times does Weir get called in to salvage a situation then cold shouldered?
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20/01/2021 13:36:46 4 16
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The only question is are this team good enough to beat Italy in the perennial wooden spoon competition between the two of them ?

Italy have been improving, so it could be touch-and-go.
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20/01/2021 15:15:29 0 2
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Scotland don't care about Italy, their ONLY reason to play is to win against England, don't you know?!
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20/01/2021 12:59:35 21 6
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what on earth has 'Sam' done to continue to upset Townsend and Scottish Rugby - what a mistake not having him available because our no1 choice is just not good enough and Exeter are hardly renowned for fielding 'passengers'
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20/01/2021 13:36:54 7 3
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Could work for Skinner and Hidalgo-Clyne
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20/01/2021 16:24:09 0 2
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I just answered for Skinner lol
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20/01/2021 13:09:08 4 17
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What influence has Scottish rugby had on his development? None. I get that we only have 2 pro teams, but endlessly picking players who have come through the ranks for other nations is making is a laughing stock. As fans we have to continue to make excuses for their selection. “He’s got a Scottish dad”. So what?
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20/01/2021 13:03:58 13 13
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Redpath was born in France and grew up in England. We’ve had nothing to do with his development at all. We’ve pretty much poached him from the English.

But if anyone can afford to lose players it’s them. I see they’ve called up Odogwu. Would you rather have an Centre from one of the top teams in England, or from one of the worst teams?
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20/01/2021 13:38:15 6 1
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Oh come on, his dad's got like 300 caps for Scotland
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20/01/2021 13:15:45 4 4
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No Skinner, Hutchinson or Sam Johnson??? Johnson’s fall from grace is Huw Jones like - bit of a loss of form, but let’s hope he recovers. Happy to see Graham back in the mix for 8 - we have yet to solve that problem. I just pray that Jones recent return to form for Glasgow (albeit at 15) sees his get the nod at 13. We seriously need creativity in the midfield - not Harris, to set the back 3 alight
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20/01/2021 13:38:16 8 1
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Have to disagree with you my friend. As an expat living in Gloucestershire I've seen a lot of Chris Harris and for me he's an automatic pick
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20/01/2021 14:07:03 2 1
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Yes, Harris has more than enough credit in the bank for me and his defence is second to none
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20/01/2021 14:28:42 0 1
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Agree, he's consistently been one of our best players.
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20/01/2021 23:41:23 0 1
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That's a great shout. I'd forgotten Harris. Last few games he's been player of the match. Harris and redpath in the centres is a very tasty offering.
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20/01/2021 13:38:26 2 12
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Scotland or Italy again ,wooden spoon bouys I’m afraid
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20/01/2021 14:09:04 8 1
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did you mean Wales?
Gwan the Springjocks!! Removed
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21/01/2021 12:09:17 0 1
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You understand that using the term Jocks to describe Scots is racist, right? Putting Spring in front of it doesn't make it any less so.
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20/01/2021 13:41:04 2 8
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Townsend with another huge squad. Eddie Jones picks 28. We are going to have a repeat of the World Cup where we go into the first game with our head coach not having the slightest clue of what his best 15 are. We need to build year on year not continually change for the sake of change.
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20/01/2021 14:10:00 3 4
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Totally agree. Doesn't GT require to be blessed with a modicum of coaching or mental intelligence in order to have a clue? I reckon he puts all of the players' numbers into a lottery machine and chooses the first 15 to appear.
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20/01/2021 14:37:15 1 1
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Eddie Jones always picks massive training squads and thins them out. Sometimes he picks 40 players when he's got another 20 tied up with their clubs. With the rate of injuries in the modern game they need lots of players familiar with the systems.
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20/01/2021 14:40:55 0 1
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What!!!!
You think you know better than the great Townsend.
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20/01/2021 16:10:08 1 1
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With Covid bubbles, if you aren't in initial squad good chance out for whole 6N.
England's 28 is a compromise with clubs so Sinckler - banned for opening match - may not make squad as need two other tight heads in 28.
France picked 37 so Scotland's 35 + 3 invited to train is about right. Main squad has 4 hookers - 1 too many? - but only 2 scrum halves with Dobie as back up via the +3.
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20/01/2021 13:42:45 16 6
bbc
Dell is not an international prop. Kinghorn is not an international winger or full back. No Skinner-is he injured? Other than that the squad picks itself!
101
20/01/2021 14:44:22 0 5
bbc
Dell must be the smallest prop Scotland have. Not international standard.
321
21/01/2021 15:09:13 0 1
bbc
Kinghorn - much promise but not delivering. Bit like Bradbury. Maybe Cockerill will sort them out. Then again....
30
20/01/2021 13:26:24 6 16
bbc
Scottish qualified basically means they’re not Scottish, but get in on a technicality.

Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing.
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20/01/2021 13:43:01 5 1
bbc
Rodd from Dunoon and Roebuck from Inverness. Most young Scots who qualify for England and play for an English club will enter the English system due to the EQP funding programme to ensure they continue to be employed. Once they have secured a professional contract they make a decision on who to play for.
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
54
20/01/2021 14:00:47 7 3
bbc
Wee Darcy ahead of Duhan?? His defence cost two tries against Ireland and he got mugged off by Ratu Tagive last time he played for edinburgh! We’re living in dreamland with him!
62
20/01/2021 14:03:48 2 1
bbc
Change D Graham for DVDM and R Gray for Cummings. Job done.
65
20/01/2021 14:07:01 2 1
bbc
Not bad at all Obsen...with Steele and van der Merwe to join Redpath on the bench? Can't wait. Gie it laldie!
67
20/01/2021 14:07:28 2 1
bbc
Not bad but play Redpath from the start with Russell, reckon they'd both relish playing alongside each other..Redpath is already head and shoulders above the rest if the 12s we have..he's a serious talent!! Think if have VDM in and have Mainland as cover for wing full back
81
20/01/2021 14:24:50 2 1
bbc
I can actually see Jones on the bench as he can cover a lot of positions and maybe Redpath in at 12. Good team though.
85
20/01/2021 14:27:11 1 6
bbc
So are we capping him just so England can’t have him?
93
20/01/2021 14:36:06 0 1
bbc
totally agree, except I don't think any team could leave out Duhan van de Merve. So, him in and Darcy or Maitland out.
15
20/01/2021 13:03:58 13 13
bbc
Redpath was born in France and grew up in England. We’ve had nothing to do with his development at all. We’ve pretty much poached him from the English.

But if anyone can afford to lose players it’s them. I see they’ve called up Odogwu. Would you rather have an Centre from one of the top teams in England, or from one of the worst teams?
46
20/01/2021 13:46:20 1 1
bbc
Er, and England haven't called up Odogwu, that is just meeja speculation
53
20/01/2021 13:56:19 0 1
bbc
Never expected to say this,but I hope the Daily Mail has got this one correct.
Redpath is pretty good but I think Odogwu can be something exceptional
47
20/01/2021 13:48:05 17 4
bbc
Good to finally see Redpath in a Scotland squad! Let’s play him against England lol
91
20/01/2021 14:35:17 6 1
bbc
Wales played Tompkins against England last year, after crowing about having pinched him from England and what a major coup it was. They went on to lose to England, and Wales fans questioned Tompkins’ selection.

I hope the same doesn’t happen with Redpath.
224
20/01/2021 20:03:38 0 3
bbc
Will probably still end up in the usual way; with Scotland getting pasted by England
48
20/01/2021 13:48:45 17 4
bbc
Took big a squad and where is Skinner?
193
20/01/2021 18:00:05 5 3
bbc
Squad is only flabby in a few positions where they clearly want to look at a few options. Not surprising given injuries at hooker and the Sarries players have no game time. Agree re Skinner though. Not sure Gilchrist on current form or Alex Craig on any form should be ahead of him. But would like to see the 2 Grays plus Cummings as the 3 locks used for the first game. R Gray looks like he’s back.
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20/01/2021 13:33:32 8 2
bbc
All correct.

The parallel between them both playing age grade rugby for one nation and senior for another.

The basis of the irony of the original comment being that Redpath is a great prospect and Heinz should've been around 8th choice when he was last picked for England.

Nevermind....
49
20/01/2021 13:49:46 2 1
bbc
Come on, Redpath's dad is an ex-Scotland player. Cameron could never have picked England to player for. It's like Gary Graham playing for England. Both Graham and Redpath's dads would be livid.
52
20/01/2021 13:56:15 4 1
bbc
Don't disagree. Looking forward to seeing both of them do well for Scotland. Graham, particularly, looks stellar in the Prem at the moment.
30
20/01/2021 13:26:24 6 16
bbc
Scottish qualified basically means they’re not Scottish, but get in on a technicality.

Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing.
50
20/01/2021 13:51:36 10 1
bbc
Lots of people of mixed heritage qualified for 2 or 3 countries by family alone. Or do you think we should only pick on dialect?
51
20/01/2021 13:53:45 5 3
bbc
As a Saints fan thankyou for not picking Hutchinson.
88
20/01/2021 14:29:01 0 1
bbc
Sadly our loss. Great player but not Toonie's favourite at the moment.
49
20/01/2021 13:49:46 2 1
bbc
Come on, Redpath's dad is an ex-Scotland player. Cameron could never have picked England to player for. It's like Gary Graham playing for England. Both Graham and Redpath's dads would be livid.
52
20/01/2021 13:56:15 4 1
bbc
Don't disagree. Looking forward to seeing both of them do well for Scotland. Graham, particularly, looks stellar in the Prem at the moment.
46
20/01/2021 13:46:20 1 1
bbc
Er, and England haven't called up Odogwu, that is just meeja speculation
53
20/01/2021 13:56:19 0 1
bbc
Never expected to say this,but I hope the Daily Mail has got this one correct.
Redpath is pretty good but I think Odogwu can be something exceptional
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
54
20/01/2021 14:00:47 7 3
bbc
Wee Darcy ahead of Duhan?? His defence cost two tries against Ireland and he got mugged off by Ratu Tagive last time he played for edinburgh! We’re living in dreamland with him!
75
20/01/2021 14:14:46 4 1
bbc
Aye sorry, that was a mistake. I don't know what I was thinking about. Duhan on the wing
17
20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
bbc
England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
55
20/01/2021 14:00:59 3 2
bbc
Heinz? Should never been picked for England for several reasons, the most relevant is he's not very good!
56
20/01/2021 14:02:12 21 4
bbc
Graham has to start at 8 he’ll give them the ball career they are crying out for there
33
20/01/2021 13:33:32 8 2
bbc
All correct.

The parallel between them both playing age grade rugby for one nation and senior for another.

The basis of the irony of the original comment being that Redpath is a great prospect and Heinz should've been around 8th choice when he was last picked for England.

Nevermind....
57
20/01/2021 14:02:28 7 1
bbc
I got your point and liked it!

Tough times when that sort of irony seems so difficult to interpret!!
58
20/01/2021 14:02:44 1 2
bbc
I have seen a lot of high praise for Scotlands flankers selection being B&I Lions contenders. What do people think are the advantages of Scotland flankers over the other home nations flankers given South Africa's approach to the game ?
74
20/01/2021 14:13:59 2 1
bbc
Both are good physical ball carrying options. Watson's a devestating runner and very good over the ball. Ritchie less so, but has the advantage of being a good line out option
78
20/01/2021 14:19:45 1 1
bbc
Watson currently leads the others in turnovers and is a pinball with the ball in his hands, hard to put down and has a decent turn off pace joining the backline.
Ritche has a real desire to win and despite his young age is already very adept at the dark arts of the BR and rucktime. Maybe not a dominant tackler but a very determined and successful one also adept at getting turnovers.
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20/01/2021 14:26:04 1 1
bbc
Both Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson are as good as any on the planet. Great at break-down and huge number of turn-overs. And really fit and can carry the ball.
That said, if Gatland wants to omit the Scottish lads again (which would be shocking and again not a true Lions squad), there are a number of other good flankers.
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LH
20/01/2021 15:12:46 0 6
bbc
Can you HONESTLY see ANY of the Scottish flankers getting in ahead of Curry, Underhill, Navidi, Tipuric, ...??!!
145
20/01/2021 15:52:47 2 1
bbc
Forget it, the team will be Welsh no matter how well anyone plays.
153
20/01/2021 16:07:32 1 1
bbc
Watson at 7 is a real contender but not so sure about Ritchie at 6. he's a bit lightweight for 6 against a massive Boks back row.
25
20/01/2021 13:23:12 14 2
bbc
Na - dont think England will suffer this ingonminy this season reckon if they manage to beat Italy they will come 5th.
59
20/01/2021 14:02:52 0 6
bbc
England definitely won't win wooden spoon, they'll be vying for 6N title along with favourites France. Scotland on the other hand....
60
Bob
20/01/2021 14:03:07 33 9
bbc
Redpath, outstanding at England under-20s level and for Bath recently.

I feel this is a good choice for him if he wants to play International rugby.

He could be waiting a long time for England.

Just look at Smith, Simmonds x2, Mercer and others that are clearly good enough but can't break into Eddie's best pals circle.
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20/01/2021 14:36:00 15 4
bbc
Zach mercer actually went to merchiston school in edinburgh where he plied his rugby and played for Scotland at u17 or u20 level (think it might be the younger age band). Given that the no.8 slot is still up for grabs, he could well have had 50+ caps for Scotland.
105
20/01/2021 14:46:43 2 5
bbc
Smith Simmonds x2, Mercer because they simply weren't better than the incumbent players in their position
119
20/01/2021 15:06:55 10 2
bbc
I think that Redpath would have a lot more to complain about if he had been capped once for England and then discarded. I'm sure he has had plenty of chats with Eddie Jones and has decided he's got a better future playing for Scotland. Good luck to him.
250
20/01/2021 23:15:44 0 1
bbc
Eddie wants Manu or a Manu clone at 12. Redpath doesn’t fit in with that approach.
319
21/01/2021 14:42:21 0 1
bbc
Who do you pick Mercer ahead of? Is Simmonds England's best 8..really? Would you drop Billy? Again you can't pick 5 Fly halves. George Ford is England's best all round 10. The proof is in the last 18 months of international rugby. All very well saying these 95 players are good enough - they need to be no.1 in their position.
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20/01/2021 14:03:13 26 5
bbc
All those chosen at no 8 have had more than enough time/chances to have grabbed it with both hands. None have. If GT does not put GG straight in the team at no 8 I would consider it a gross dereliction of duty and he should be sued.
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
62
20/01/2021 14:03:48 2 1
bbc
Change D Graham for DVDM and R Gray for Cummings. Job done.
79
20/01/2021 14:19:49 0 1
bbc
Yeah, mistake by me, DVDM. I have been so impressed with R Gray recently, but wouldn't begrudge if Cummings started. I'd have R Gray on the bench though.
63
20/01/2021 14:04:14 3 1
bbc
Good luck to him, deserves a chance on the international stage. Impressed in that cracking game between Bath v Wasps (so did Odogwu). Hopefully see both at some stage in the six nations.
72
Bob
20/01/2021 14:11:03 2 1
bbc
Odogwu playing for Italy will be something to see.
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20/01/2021 14:05:15 28 3
bbc
The Redpath selection more just shows the ambiguity of “International allegiance” in the modern world.

Can you grudge an ex Scotland captains son playing for said country because he grew up where his dad played/coached/worked?

But then again he’s been England age grade!

Good luck to him anyway!
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Bob
20/01/2021 14:09:41 11 4
bbc
Exactly he was born in France and grew up in England, of course he was going to play school boy rugby with all his school mates etc.
108
20/01/2021 14:49:55 6 3
bbc
"But then again he's been England Age grade"

Lets not forget he was a Scotland age grade player before he pulled the white shirt on.
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20/01/2021 15:59:47 5 22
bbc
Yes happens regularly - Tompkins, Williams and now Redpath just recent examples of players wanting to play for England then when they realise they're not good enough swap to a lesser nation in the knowledge they'll get picked!!
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21/01/2021 10:50:58 1 3
bbc
If he wanted to play for Scotland that badly why did he attend England senior squad sessions same goes for Graham.
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
65
20/01/2021 14:07:01 2 1
bbc
Not bad at all Obsen...with Steele and van der Merwe to join Redpath on the bench? Can't wait. Gie it laldie!
39
20/01/2021 13:38:16 8 1
bbc
Have to disagree with you my friend. As an expat living in Gloucestershire I've seen a lot of Chris Harris and for me he's an automatic pick
66
20/01/2021 14:07:03 2 1
bbc
Yes, Harris has more than enough credit in the bank for me and his defence is second to none
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
67
20/01/2021 14:07:28 2 1
bbc
Not bad but play Redpath from the start with Russell, reckon they'd both relish playing alongside each other..Redpath is already head and shoulders above the rest if the 12s we have..he's a serious talent!! Think if have VDM in and have Mainland as cover for wing full back
18
20/01/2021 13:09:08 4 17
bbc
What influence has Scottish rugby had on his development? None. I get that we only have 2 pro teams, but endlessly picking players who have come through the ranks for other nations is making is a laughing stock. As fans we have to continue to make excuses for their selection. “He’s got a Scottish dad”. So what?
68
20/01/2021 14:07:30 6 1
bbc
I get what you mean but Redpaths inclusion is ok. Its the saffer who qualified after 3yrs residency, got his cap and then signed for an English team the day after who is taking the pish and should be sacked off. He's the one making the SRU a laughing stock
40
20/01/2021 13:38:26 2 12
bbc
Scotland or Italy again ,wooden spoon bouys I’m afraid
69
20/01/2021 14:09:04 8 1
bbc
did you mean Wales?
64
20/01/2021 14:05:15 28 3
bbc
The Redpath selection more just shows the ambiguity of “International allegiance” in the modern world.

Can you grudge an ex Scotland captains son playing for said country because he grew up where his dad played/coached/worked?

But then again he’s been England age grade!

Good luck to him anyway!
70
Bob
20/01/2021 14:09:41 11 4
bbc
Exactly he was born in France and grew up in England, of course he was going to play school boy rugby with all his school mates etc.
42
20/01/2021 13:41:04 2 8
bbc
Townsend with another huge squad. Eddie Jones picks 28. We are going to have a repeat of the World Cup where we go into the first game with our head coach not having the slightest clue of what his best 15 are. We need to build year on year not continually change for the sake of change.
71
20/01/2021 14:10:00 3 4
bbc
Totally agree. Doesn't GT require to be blessed with a modicum of coaching or mental intelligence in order to have a clue? I reckon he puts all of the players' numbers into a lottery machine and chooses the first 15 to appear.
99
20/01/2021 14:42:23 0 1
bbc
You're worse than David McKay.
Think back to what Glasgow and Scotland were like before Townsend.
The man's a rugby genius.
63
20/01/2021 14:04:14 3 1
bbc
Good luck to him, deserves a chance on the international stage. Impressed in that cracking game between Bath v Wasps (so did Odogwu). Hopefully see both at some stage in the six nations.
72
Bob
20/01/2021 14:11:03 2 1
bbc
Odogwu playing for Italy will be something to see.
83
20/01/2021 14:25:42 1 1
bbc
I think England have called up Odogwu for their training squad.
30
20/01/2021 13:26:24 6 16
bbc
Scottish qualified basically means they’re not Scottish, but get in on a technicality.

Come one Scotland, we’re better than trawling England in a desperate search for anyone who’ll play for us. It’s getting embarrassing.
73
20/01/2021 14:11:17 3 2
bbc
People forget Adam Hastings started at Bath
127
20/01/2021 15:16:25 1 1
bbc
Started at George Watson’s I think...
58
20/01/2021 14:02:44 1 2
bbc
I have seen a lot of high praise for Scotlands flankers selection being B&I Lions contenders. What do people think are the advantages of Scotland flankers over the other home nations flankers given South Africa's approach to the game ?
74
20/01/2021 14:13:59 2 1
bbc
Both are good physical ball carrying options. Watson's a devestating runner and very good over the ball. Ritchie less so, but has the advantage of being a good line out option
54
20/01/2021 14:00:47 7 3
bbc
Wee Darcy ahead of Duhan?? His defence cost two tries against Ireland and he got mugged off by Ratu Tagive last time he played for edinburgh! We’re living in dreamland with him!
75
20/01/2021 14:14:46 4 1
bbc
Aye sorry, that was a mistake. I don't know what I was thinking about. Duhan on the wing
112
20/01/2021 14:59:45 2 1
bbc
In that case I think you’re just about spot on bar centres!

I’d have Jones 13 but too you will go Harris, and I’d expect he’ll go Taylor at 12 though I’m not convinced!
17
20/01/2021 13:06:00 7 20
bbc
England fan in peace.

Redpath? You're welcome to him. We've got Willi Heinz.
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Bob
20/01/2021 14:15:08 4 1
bbc
Haha,

how have most people missed the joke here.

Duh
50
20/01/2021 13:51:36 10 1
bbc
Lots of people of mixed heritage qualified for 2 or 3 countries by family alone. Or do you think we should only pick on dialect?
Removed
58
20/01/2021 14:02:44 1 2
bbc
I have seen a lot of high praise for Scotlands flankers selection being B&I Lions contenders. What do people think are the advantages of Scotland flankers over the other home nations flankers given South Africa's approach to the game ?
78
20/01/2021 14:19:45 1 1
bbc
Watson currently leads the others in turnovers and is a pinball with the ball in his hands, hard to put down and has a decent turn off pace joining the backline.
Ritche has a real desire to win and despite his young age is already very adept at the dark arts of the BR and rucktime. Maybe not a dominant tackler but a very determined and successful one also adept at getting turnovers.
62
20/01/2021 14:03:48 2 1
bbc
Change D Graham for DVDM and R Gray for Cummings. Job done.
79
20/01/2021 14:19:49 0 1
bbc
Yeah, mistake by me, DVDM. I have been so impressed with R Gray recently, but wouldn't begrudge if Cummings started. I'd have R Gray on the bench though.
80
20/01/2021 14:22:29 2 1
bbc
sherbetlemon. It's fairly normal to play age grade in the country where you reside
115
20/01/2021 15:03:32 0 1
bbc
It wasn’t so much a criticism as an acceptance of others views on it! Although he’s also been in England extended squads, so that negates your argument slightly!

For the record, I’m glad to see him in. Just see both sides of the coin.
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LH
20/01/2021 15:08:57 0 1
bbc
It wasn't 'normal' for ME!!!!
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
81
20/01/2021 14:24:50 2 1
bbc
I can actually see Jones on the bench as he can cover a lot of positions and maybe Redpath in at 12. Good team though.
82
20/01/2021 14:25:16 3 1
bbc
As Chiefs fan happy to see skinner & Hidalgo-Clyne, now we just need Eddie not to select too many !
90
20/01/2021 14:31:28 1 1
bbc
Eddie will pick Slade and Williams. He seems to have an affinity with Wasps at the moment.
72
Bob
20/01/2021 14:11:03 2 1
bbc
Odogwu playing for Italy will be something to see.
83
20/01/2021 14:25:42 1 1
bbc
I think England have called up Odogwu for their training squad.
106
20/01/2021 14:48:35 2 1
bbc
England's 28 man squad will be announced on Friday afternoon so this is speculation. I do hope EJ does call up Odogwu though.
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Bob
20/01/2021 15:22:59 0 1
bbc
Hope so because he has made a point that he can play for Italy.
58
20/01/2021 14:02:44 1 2
bbc
I have seen a lot of high praise for Scotlands flankers selection being B&I Lions contenders. What do people think are the advantages of Scotland flankers over the other home nations flankers given South Africa's approach to the game ?
84
20/01/2021 14:26:04 1 1
bbc
Both Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson are as good as any on the planet. Great at break-down and huge number of turn-overs. And really fit and can carry the ball.
That said, if Gatland wants to omit the Scottish lads again (which would be shocking and again not a true Lions squad), there are a number of other good flankers.
45
20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
bbc
My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
85
20/01/2021 14:27:11 1 6
bbc
So are we capping him just so England can’t have him?
118
20/01/2021 15:06:31 0 1
bbc
Yup.
34
20/01/2021 13:35:18 18 3
bbc
Have to say, not sure what Townswnd sees in JVDW. Yes, I know Hastings is injured. But, geez, Ross Thompson even showed JVDW how to play 10, the other night.
86
20/01/2021 14:28:03 2 3
bbc
Crikey, I nearly choked on my lunch by reading your comment too quickly. At first glance I though you were referring to Brandon Thompson !! Surely Brandon will never ever ever get another chance to play for GW or rugby.......at any level. Well certainly not with kicks in FRONT of goal, NO charge downs allowed..........and NO spectators !!! Perhaps he prefers a full house and to be heckled/booed
317
21/01/2021 14:30:07 0 1
bbc
Brandon Thompson even makes P Horne look good !!
39
20/01/2021 13:38:16 8 1
bbc
Have to disagree with you my friend. As an expat living in Gloucestershire I've seen a lot of Chris Harris and for me he's an automatic pick
87
20/01/2021 14:28:42 0 1
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Agree, he's consistently been one of our best players.
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20/01/2021 13:53:45 5 3
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As a Saints fan thankyou for not picking Hutchinson.
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20/01/2021 14:29:01 0 1
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Sadly our loss. Great player but not Toonie's favourite at the moment.
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20/01/2021 13:10:46 9 1
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Decent enough squad. Good to see R Gray back in there, along with his teammate Huw Jones. R Gray has been brilliant in the lineout for Glasgow. Also, this could be Turner's time to shine. Great to see the options for 8, Thomson, G Graham and M Fagerson. Nice to see Redpath nailing his colours to the mast. Need to get him capped though.
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20/01/2021 14:30:47 6 2
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Was very impressed with Turner in the loose in his last international game but his lineout throws were a wee bit dodgy. He's been getting more game time with Glasgow though so looking forward to see how he goes for Scotland.
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21/01/2021 17:50:09 0 0
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Hopefully having a familiar pair of hands to aim at will help [R Gray or Cummings] - need to mix it up with some short stuff too.
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20/01/2021 14:25:16 3 1
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As Chiefs fan happy to see skinner & Hidalgo-Clyne, now we just need Eddie not to select too many !
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20/01/2021 14:31:28 1 1
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Eddie will pick Slade and Williams. He seems to have an affinity with Wasps at the moment.
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20/01/2021 13:48:05 17 4
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Good to finally see Redpath in a Scotland squad! Let’s play him against England lol
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20/01/2021 14:35:17 6 1
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Wales played Tompkins against England last year, after crowing about having pinched him from England and what a major coup it was. They went on to lose to England, and Wales fans questioned Tompkins’ selection.

I hope the same doesn’t happen with Redpath.
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Bob
20/01/2021 14:03:07 33 9
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Redpath, outstanding at England under-20s level and for Bath recently.

I feel this is a good choice for him if he wants to play International rugby.

He could be waiting a long time for England.

Just look at Smith, Simmonds x2, Mercer and others that are clearly good enough but can't break into Eddie's best pals circle.
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20/01/2021 14:36:00 15 4
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Zach mercer actually went to merchiston school in edinburgh where he plied his rugby and played for Scotland at u17 or u20 level (think it might be the younger age band). Given that the no.8 slot is still up for grabs, he could well have had 50+ caps for Scotland.
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20/01/2021 21:01:56 1 1
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Mercer was England under 20s captain ffs !
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21/01/2021 09:25:36 0 1
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There is no Scotland u17 side.
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21/01/2021 09:46:44 1 3
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if he isnt good enough for England, he isnt good enough for us
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20/01/2021 13:44:09 7 4
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My starting XV, for what is worth.

1.Sutherland
2.Turner
3.Z Fagerson
4. R Gray (Cummings has ben great, but Richie's last two games for Glasgow were brilliant).
5. J Gray
6.Ritchie
7.Watson
8.G Graham
9.Price
10.Russell
11. Maitland
12.Jones
13. Harris (never know what the right position for centres)
14. D Graham
15. Hogg

Redpath on the bench to get his cap.
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20/01/2021 14:36:06 0 1
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totally agree, except I don't think any team could leave out Duhan van de Merve. So, him in and Darcy or Maitland out.
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20/01/2021 13:41:04 2 8
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Townsend with another huge squad. Eddie Jones picks 28. We are going to have a repeat of the World Cup where we go into the first game with our head coach not having the slightest clue of what his best 15 are. We need to build year on year not continually change for the sake of change.
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20/01/2021 14:37:15 1 1
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Eddie Jones always picks massive training squads and thins them out. Sometimes he picks 40 players when he's got another 20 tied up with their clubs. With the rate of injuries in the modern game they need lots of players familiar with the systems.
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20/01/2021 14:37:42 11 2
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Good squad but why no Rory Hutchison?
Scotland seriously missing an attacking centre that's not all about crash ball.
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20/01/2021 21:41:52 1 1
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Not sure Jones is a crash ball centre, though he can be.
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21/01/2021 12:07:12 0 1
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Wonderful player that Rory H
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20/01/2021 13:09:08 4 17
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What influence has Scottish rugby had on his development? None. I get that we only have 2 pro teams, but endlessly picking players who have come through the ranks for other nations is making is a laughing stock. As fans we have to continue to make excuses for their selection. “He’s got a Scottish dad”. So what?
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20/01/2021 14:38:50 2 1
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I agree with you to some extent but with the smallest player pool in the tournament by quite a way (next smallest is Wales which is almost double ours) we have to look at alternatives.
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JC
20/01/2021 14:39:49 3 3
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If you are a rugby fan this is great news, and it all bodes well for a fantastic Six Nations that will be reached by millions on terrestrial TV, though, that is another debate! Hopefully the coaches will pick the likes of Cameron, Ewen Ashman, Paolo Odogwu(Eng?) and possibly Harry Randall(Eng?)? Oh, by the way Cameron has more right to play for Scotland than some of his squad mates!
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20/01/2021 13:41:04 2 8
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Townsend with another huge squad. Eddie Jones picks 28. We are going to have a repeat of the World Cup where we go into the first game with our head coach not having the slightest clue of what his best 15 are. We need to build year on year not continually change for the sake of change.
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20/01/2021 14:40:55 0 1
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What!!!!
You think you know better than the great Townsend.
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20/01/2021 14:10:00 3 4
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Totally agree. Doesn't GT require to be blessed with a modicum of coaching or mental intelligence in order to have a clue? I reckon he puts all of the players' numbers into a lottery machine and chooses the first 15 to appear.
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20/01/2021 14:42:23 0 1
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You're worse than David McKay.
Think back to what Glasgow and Scotland were like before Townsend.
The man's a rugby genius.
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20/01/2021 14:43:41 1 5
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My team for England:
1. Sutherland
2. Turner
3. Fagerson
4. Skinner
5. Cummings
6. Ritchie
7. Watson
8. Graham
9. Dobie
10. Russell
11. Graham
12. Redpath
13. Jones
14. Van der Merwe
15. Hogg
Bench: Ashman, Kebble, Nel, Craig, Fagerson, Horne, Van der Walt, Harris
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20/01/2021 14:50:48 3 1
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Skinner is unlikely, he's not in the squad.