England's Malins to start against France
11/03/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,527
Max Malins will make his first start for England after being named at full-back for Saturday's Six Nations match with France at Twickenham.
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11/03/2021 11:03:57 5 3
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Progress!
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11/03/2021 11:04:51 4 1
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finally!
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11/03/2021 11:05:04 8 3
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Players with little game time still, I only see one result.

Surely at this stage we can experiment a little bit?
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11/03/2021 11:05:12 3 2
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Still no Lawrence............so Eddie gambling with the old penalty-ridden guard again.
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11/03/2021 11:05:25 4 3
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Not a fan of rugby but credit to max for getting a first start great achievement
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11/03/2021 11:22:57 3 1
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Hope he doesn't have to tackle anyone !!
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11/03/2021 11:05:34 27 15
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Wish he would make Itoje captain ... leadership on the field is surely the main challenge for England at the moment.
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11/03/2021 11:11:14 29 6
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Yes but do we need a captain who concedes a handful of penalties per game - example please!
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11/03/2021 11:15:56 12 6
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He should have been dropped as a short sharp reminder on how to play within the rules of the game. Fantastic talent, but little credit if you keep giving penalties away.
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11/03/2021 11:19:11 5 3
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Itoje he is your best player , Farrell doesn’t communicate well with refs and can’t guarantee his place anymore
Hence I agree with your call to make itoje captain
Good luck on Saturday you could do us a favour by beating France ????
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11/03/2021 11:24:51 11 1
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I love Itoje as a player but I’m not sure as Captain. He plays on the edge but didn’t rein it in when the penalties were going against him in the Wales match. If he can’t control himself how can he control others?
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11/03/2021 11:49:42 7 1
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I think Itoje is a great player and we sorely need him on the pitch. I wouldnt burden him with captaincy yet, especially as all the medi would do is talk about his penalty count. Someone like Wilson has the temprement that referees like to deal with, leads by example and could do the job until Itoje is ready to take over from him.
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11/03/2021 12:06:59 4 2
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Itoje should be Captain, his penalty count (+ Curry's)is due to them having to push to hard to compensate for the lack of commitment from the players around them, Mako two seasons ago in the Prem final was like an extra back row now he is just a scrum pusher. Have the players standards dropped no EJ enforcing the script. Players at this level can think so let them think if the game plan goes awry.
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11/03/2021 12:43:07 3 1
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I think if Maro was made captain his penalty count would improve as he would lead by example. Martin Johnson was no saint but England’s finest captain IMHO.
We need an intelligent, well spoken leader. I think he could be the man to grow into that role
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11/03/2021 16:38:16 0 1
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Really? He looks the part but gives away too many penalties. Would not make my Lions team. Surely if he was captain material he would have done it at club or national level by now!
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11/03/2021 16:48:42 1 1
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I don't think putting a penalty machine as captain is an effective means of lowering the penalty count
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11/03/2021 11:05:35 35 2
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...and pretty much the same old names in every other position.
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11/03/2021 11:05:37 10 2
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Still a bit of a plodding back row.

Good to see Daly taken out of the firing line and Lawrence back.
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11/03/2021 11:08:02 19 1
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But Lawrence on bench again as we persist with Farrell/Ford. How many more times?
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11/03/2021 12:12:43 0 1
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Lawrence back? has he played yet? not sure I heard is name mentioned in this tournament apart from how he should p[lay as he is dynamic. Ahh that's what it is, doesn't fit EJ tactics.
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11/03/2021 11:05:43 58 4
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Wow. Eddie Jones rings the changes! That'll shake them up after two defeats and 41 penalties conceded
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11/03/2021 16:09:45 14 1
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They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit .. but I did chuckle at that one!!
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11/03/2021 11:05:54 23 5
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not as bad a team as we were all expecting. Demoting Daily and George is a step in the right direction.
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11/03/2021 11:05:56 270 11
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Oh well, one untouchable dropped, just another 3 or 4 to go...........
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Cam
11/03/2021 11:15:09 44 4
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Spot on.
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11/03/2021 11:36:31 7 5
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tbf England did manage a win v italy.
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11/03/2021 11:40:22 10 2
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100%! Was perfect opportunity to shift a few more of the untouchable club out, or at least have got Odogwu on the bench for a run. EJ's next job in bank security as this team is impossible to break into...
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11/03/2021 11:50:19 20 2
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Daly and George make 2 don’t they. LCD should (IMO) have been starting long ago and Daly been under perform for a while. Farrell lucky to be still there.
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11/03/2021 11:52:01 20 1
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Loving the positivity but I just see a massive missed opportunity to play MORE new blood in a 6N we've already lost.Ford,Farrell,Youngs and Vunipola should also have been subbed.Maybe we'll see that happen against Ire after we lose to Fra?! Also, frustrating for their clubs to see players, eg Odugwu, denied to their clubs for weeks to play zero mins. Damn, tried so hard to be positive and failed!
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11/03/2021 11:52:10 10 2
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Too true ..I assumed Elliot Daly was Eddies son ..undroppable despite being awful for the last 18 months
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11/03/2021 11:53:14 7 4
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I have found it bizarre that Eddie Jones has persisted with players who will not be around for the next World Cup and players who are clearly not playing well enough. I would not be surprised if he goes after the 6 Nations. That will be a certainty if they lose these next 2 games
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11/03/2021 12:13:02 7 3
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Are you talking about the team ... or the BBC commentary box?
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11/03/2021 13:09:42 1 1
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Least daly has gone and we can have a look at another full back . I never have a dig at Eddie , but he’s been negligent playing daly . Right dig over .
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11/03/2021 14:12:37 4 1
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From a Welshman: I'm guessing you mean Jamie George. Hill & Daly pretty much threw themselves under a bus. Daly might even be fortunate to be in the 23. George is a quality player; he will return & I fully expect him to be named in the Lions squad. Still no Sam Simmonds - what more can he do? At least EJ is starting to shake things up. With Pivac, virtually no-one is guaranteed a starting place!
12/03/2021 12:53:17 0 0
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SIMMONDS!!!!!!!! I like big billy but when even he says he is playing rubbish and isn't in premiership, give poor Sam a go!
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11/03/2021 11:05:57 144 23
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Only taken about 50 crap performances for Daly to be dropped.
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11/03/2021 11:41:30 90 13
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A non-tackling full back who cannot pass and is positionally naive. How did he ever get selected in the first place?
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11/03/2021 11:05:59 1 1
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Time for a big performance England.

Good luck!
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JCB
11/03/2021 11:06:00 3 2
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Excellent. Only, can we play him at 10?
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11/03/2021 11:06:14 44 16
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Why/how? are the vunipola's still in the squad.
No other Pacific Islanders were available for selection perhaps? Removed
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11/03/2021 11:47:56 1 3
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He played well v Wales. Difficult to play at top test match level without the club rugby game time.
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LH
11/03/2021 14:42:26 2 1
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Much 'diversity' in the England team, that's good to see!! Where is the SAME diversity in the OTHER Home Nations? Non-existent!!!
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11/03/2021 18:03:27 0 1
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If Marler were available then perhaps Mako could ride the bench but dropping just about your hardest working forward for a "show pony" in Genge, even Eddie is not that naive. Billy is finally being found out, he can be both lazy defensively and too predictable. One in and one out for me but then I am Welsh.
11/03/2021 19:24:30 0 1
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The Vunipolae were both decent against France
11/03/2021 19:53:01 0 3
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Just to clarify, this has nothing to do with race, ethnicity or where they were born. Solely performance. Billy is not an effective runner anymore, he looks sluggish. Worse when you think there are 4/5 better back rowers who can run and more.
Mako again not that an effective scrummager. Not that good a carrier. There are better waiting to play.
Farrell needs to go to be fair too.
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11/03/2021 11:06:40 3 5
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Wow - bold, brave major changes
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11/03/2021 11:07:50 1 2
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Great to see an out-and-out fullback starting

Disappointing not to see Odogwu in any capacity (although not for him considering he's 75k better off than he was before!)

Would like Robson to get more than a 10-15mins run
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11/03/2021 15:14:38 2 3
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Robson has been pretty poor when he's come on so far.
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11/03/2021 11:07:56 10 7
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20 point+ win for France.
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11/03/2021 11:11:09 1 6
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Yaaaawwwnn.
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11/03/2021 11:07:58 11 1
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Looking forward to this match, England need to improve vastly, France will be frustrated and want to put their mark on the game. Could be quite feisty. Positive move with Malins, top player. Perhaps Eddie is starting to change his mind. Lets hope so.
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11/03/2021 15:18:19 1 4
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I don't think EJ is changing his mind at all. He knows that some of the current players will not make it to the next RWC & he has a plan to replace them. Some fans want it all to happen all at once, especially when a few bad results come along. But that's just panic-mode. EJ had a succession plan last cycle that took us all the way to the RWC final and there's no reason that shouldn't work again.
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11/03/2021 11:05:37 10 2
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Still a bit of a plodding back row.

Good to see Daly taken out of the firing line and Lawrence back.
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11/03/2021 11:08:02 19 1
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But Lawrence on bench again as we persist with Farrell/Ford. How many more times?
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11/03/2021 11:15:28 3 1
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I could rumble more but its a start. I'd have got rid of Slade and Youngs a number of games ago.
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11/03/2021 12:40:16 0 1
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Just hope he gets more than the usual 4-5 minutes Jones gives his backs, he could be class if given the right backing!!
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11/03/2021 11:08:06 1 1
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Bout time Malins gets his chance, Daly part of Englands problem doesn;t do basics right never gives ball in time only when too late, a number of the rest of the squad now on borrowed time along with EJ. Good luck max
11/03/2021 20:45:03 0 1
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Simple Simon,
Make England great again?
Just like your American uncle did for America!
Must be a family trait that allows you and the American buffoon have to talk out of your backsides. I like to call it Trumpeting.
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11/03/2021 11:08:36 190 15
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Eddie should have just ripped this team apart. After two defeats the 6 nations is gone. This would have been a great opportunity to see new players in an international test match
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11/03/2021 11:23:19 91 12
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The November series (which England comfortably won if I recall) was the perfect time to blood new players. EJ paying the penalty for not doing that.
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11/03/2021 11:28:42 21 2
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Not sure how much he is able to change the squad due to the Covid/Bubble thing. I'm Welsh, but would love to see him give Marcus Smith a run out at 10, but don't think they are allowed to bring in new players to the squad, could be wrong.
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11/03/2021 11:40:36 7 1
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Difficult to do wholesale changes given the squad's been in a covid-bubble but I agree he could have been more adventurous. But that's not Eddie's way!!!
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11/03/2021 11:42:18 4 1
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The centre pair they have started with will get outmuscled and torn apart by France's Fickou and Vakatawa. They need size and power which Tuilagi had, Lawrence is the next best thing in my opinion. At least Lawrence is in the 23.
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11/03/2021 11:47:12 7 4
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Shows what little you know about rugby
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11/03/2021 11:57:03 6 6
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Can't - there's such a thing as COVID - you might have heard of it - there is a well documented reason why he can only select from certain players - LOOK IT UP.
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11/03/2021 13:04:31 0 1
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He cant...can only select from within the bubble
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11/03/2021 13:12:25 1 1
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I agree somewhat but not against a quality France team, regardless if they have been hit by Covid. Their understudies in the Autumn, however proved sometimes it is worth throwing cubs into the lions den but hopefully he will phase them in without too much pyschological damage. In addition, I don't think EJ is the type for changes like we want to see, we will just have to put up with it for now
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11/03/2021 13:34:00 1 1
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But you see Eddie isn't looking to win anything - and certainly not looking for genuine rugby players just elite athletes who'll do as they're told
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11/03/2021 13:44:06 0 1
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He can't - he's got to stick within the bubble.
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11/03/2021 16:00:01 2 1
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He doesn’t have the squad to make changes due to obtuse selections and a shadow squad full of kids.

Should have put people like Underhill, Simmonds, Smith etc into shadow squad to give returning injured players and those in form the chance to take over in the event of poor form/results
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11/03/2021 17:24:20 3 1
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I agree with the sentiment! IMHO Youngs, Farrel, B Vunipola, Daly should all be back with their clubs. I wonder whether EJ is long past his sell by date, or if it has to do with the corona virus nonsense that they all have to adhere to? Although the French seemed to ignore all that.... I believe Itoje should be given some time away, to learn how to address behaviour when he's targetted by the ref
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11/03/2021 19:02:41 0 1
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He’s restricted to his original squad of 28 except for injury/illness. It wasn’t the most adventurous 28 but should be good enough. BV played well against Wales whatever the dullards on here keep saying
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ben
11/03/2021 11:09:19 0 2
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Three good changes in LCD, Ewels and especially Malins. Probably not the match for many more, but I would have liked to see Robson start. Delighted to see Lawrence belatedly back in the matchday squad with a more sensible 5/3 split on the bench.
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11/03/2021 11:09:26 56 9
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a better team selection but can't see us winning. France by 10 and i think we'll get beat by Ireland next week too. 5 place here we come !
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11/03/2021 11:12:45 9 8
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Like your confidence - Scotland v France will be a cracker & agree Scotland will beat Ireland but this game is on Sunday not next week.
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11/03/2021 11:13:48 8 5
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I'd take that if it gets rid of the 2 biggest problems - EJ and Farrell.
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11/03/2021 11:46:51 4 7
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And thoroughly deserved as well may I say. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of coaches, players and supporters.
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11/03/2021 13:17:06 1 4
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And EJ's resignation I hope.
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11/03/2021 14:47:25 5 2
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I can't help thinking that finishing 5th might be the best thing for England in the long run. Would (hopefully) force some serious re-thinking and major changes in the squad.
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Cam
11/03/2021 11:10:45 48 4
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A long overdue change. Daly simply isn't close to an international class fullback.
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Cam
11/03/2021 11:14:36 49 7
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To add, there's still another 4 players that need to go, with far better options available, i.e. Sam Simmons, to name but one.
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11/03/2021 11:17:31 4 2
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If Malins can catch the ball it will be a big improvement.
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11/03/2021 12:27:47 2 3
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Not currently close enough to be a decent championship player...
11/03/2021 23:11:04 0 1
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Daly should have been the world's best outside centre if he had been given the chance. What a waste of talent.
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11/03/2021 11:10:45 96 6
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Good to see Malins and LCD given a go. Would rather have Odogwu on bench over Daly given Watson covers FB. Problem is squad selected omits too many form players who can take England forward and overall still an underwhelming selection. Would love to see Simmonds and/or Dormbrandt given a go as well as Smith at FH. Shame Randall is injured but Robson should be given a proper chance at SH
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11/03/2021 11:51:33 75 5
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When Robson has come off the bench he has been shocking. Against Scotland he contributed sliced box kicks and knock-ons, against Wales it was a brain dead penalty to give them a 9 point lead and an interception for the last try.

Youngs played reasonably well against Wales.
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11/03/2021 12:25:22 3 2
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Daly is what in the 80's & 90's was called a 'UTILITY' player. No real specialism but, can play at 11-12-13-14-15 to a satisfactory standard. That means he should be a permanent fixture ON THE BENCH.
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11/03/2021 14:58:58 3 5
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I'm not convinced by Smith - never seen him control a match as Ford can do. Steward must be a good bet for FB for 2023, with Malins as FH.
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11/03/2021 16:43:37 0 1
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Agree fully except would have had Odogwu over Lawrence on bench as latter has done little to suggest he is ready for test rugby. Daly a better 13/wing than FB but has not played so is in no form whatsoever.
11/03/2021 23:45:46 0 1
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Jones talks about building for the next world cup but persists with the players the lost the final in the last one in Japan.
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11/03/2021 11:10:47 3 1
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What does Vunipola need to do to get dropped?
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11/03/2021 11:11:06 4 2
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Team selection appears to be designed to kick away possession - oh well, at least we have consistency!
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11/03/2021 12:14:18 1 1
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They haven't yet worked out that if "we" have the ball, "they" can't score.
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11/03/2021 11:07:56 10 7
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20 point+ win for France.
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11/03/2021 11:11:09 1 6
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Yaaaawwwnn.
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11/03/2021 11:17:34 1 3
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Yes now you know how we all feel when Ingerland take the field to play their interesting version of "attacking rugby".

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwn Indeed.
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11/03/2021 11:05:34 27 15
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Wish he would make Itoje captain ... leadership on the field is surely the main challenge for England at the moment.
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11/03/2021 11:11:14 29 6
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Yes but do we need a captain who concedes a handful of penalties per game - example please!
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11/03/2021 11:35:25 17 5
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with a different bounce of the ball he would have scored 2x tries with his charge downs. His penalties are him trying to make a positive impact but getting it slightly wrong. No need to drop him to learn, he will make slight adjustments and be fine. we need him playing on that edge.
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11/03/2021 11:52:41 5 1
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Too much enthusiasm by Itoje - wish I'd seen more by other players.
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11/03/2021 12:39:04 6 1
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Martin Johnson was usually good for a couple of penalties per game plus the occasional punch-up. Undoubtedly the best England captain of the modern era.
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LH
11/03/2021 14:51:23 0 1
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Yes, but if ONLY they were the "handful of penalties" that Eng conceded; others contributed NEEDLEES/MINDLESS penalties, especially in the last TEN minutes!!
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11/03/2021 11:11:39 2 2
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Finally some decent changes, Malins at 15 and Daley on bench.

A final change, I'm off. Sick to back teeth of this hopeless HYS with umpteen trolls and dire moderation. Enjoy folks, I've gone to pastures much greener and proper mods.
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11/03/2021 12:10:32 0 1
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Agreed - these HYS are now full of the idiots who send abusive messages to reporters via twitter - clearly have no idea about rugby or the current situation...they are just "armchair experts" who haven't got a clue.
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11/03/2021 11:11:50 73 23
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Daley's a decent player, but he's not good enough in ant specific position to be a first choice against top flight teams.

I do wonder why Jones was so swift to ditch Mike Brown, who should have had a lot more caps IMO.
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mj
11/03/2021 11:16:28 96 12
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Mike Brown was a good player. Sadly he wouldn't, couldn't and didn't pass.
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11/03/2021 11:19:46 8 9
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Because he has a big mouth and never passed the ball!
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11/03/2021 11:50:26 6 17
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Because Brown isnt good enough at international level. Fantastic defensive player but no threat in attack. There are far better options, Watson/Daly to name 2
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11/03/2021 15:14:56 0 2
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Because Daley can kick it a long way.
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11/03/2021 16:34:17 6 3
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I'm sorry, we have obviously been watching a different England team for the last 18 months. Can't tackle, can't catch a high ball, won't pass (unless it is to stop himself getting a beating) and no tactical skills - apart from that a decent player, obviously buys his round, takes his turn washing the kit and brings the oranges. Maybe he has a big car which doesn't break down for every away game?
12/03/2021 08:10:23 0 1
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Substitute Alex Goode in that last sentance.
12/03/2021 14:17:52 0 0
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Pace or lack of, but agree Daley has been a constant disappointment at Full back
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11/03/2021 11:12:22 0 1
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Why isn’t harry randall playing
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11/03/2021 11:41:26 0 2
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he is injured... keep up!
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mj
11/03/2021 11:12:27 64 16
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Just Farrell & Youngs to move over now.
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11/03/2021 11:19:40 55 43
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And Ford, both Vunipolas, ....and Jones!
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11/03/2021 16:49:27 5 3
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Who would you play instead of Farrell? Remember the bloke has had next to no rugby which is the fault of the Premiership/RFU - only the English would screw their national team over in this way...
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11/03/2021 11:12:34 196 16
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Why an earth are Farrrell and Billy Vunipola still in the team!
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11/03/2021 11:15:43 52 19
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Farrell is needed as the Ref - not sure about Billy V but hope he provides us all with a few laughs.
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11/03/2021 11:29:58 23 17
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billy played well against Wales. I know stats arent everything, but had better stats all round than Faletau. Thought it looked like he turned a corner, form wise
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11/03/2021 11:44:46 14 2
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As a Scot watching the Wales game, thought that Billy V played well [and considerably better than he did against us in the Calcutta Cup]. Good luck v France [and soften them up for us]
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11/03/2021 12:42:53 3 1
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Because Jones is trying to disprove Einstein's definition of madness - you know the one about - keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different outcomes... or there about - I agree with your observation
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11/03/2021 13:03:56 3 1
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Every team needs a fat lad leaning on the back of a scrum for a breather...
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11/03/2021 13:37:41 2 4
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Or Ford. Not sure he is even the 3rd best Fly Half currently in the country.
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11/03/2021 13:47:25 1 3
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Covid restrictions.

Next question.
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tom
11/03/2021 14:05:01 0 2
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Because they are the best players in their positions
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11/03/2021 14:59:30 3 1
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Agree on BV as there is the European player of the year waiting in the wings. On OF, who do you propose to replace him at 12 and captain? Maybe you propose to reward Itoje for his performances? Can’t think of another suitable captain from the pack (best captains are never backs)
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11/03/2021 15:56:21 0 1
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Farrell to kick the goals and Billy to make the hard yards. Get behind those selected remember the RWC semi final?
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11/03/2021 16:03:03 0 1
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Farrell to kick the goals andBilly to make the hard yards. Remember the RWC semi? Get behind those selected!
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11/03/2021 11:09:26 56 9
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a better team selection but can't see us winning. France by 10 and i think we'll get beat by Ireland next week too. 5 place here we come !
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11/03/2021 11:12:45 9 8
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Like your confidence - Scotland v France will be a cracker & agree Scotland will beat Ireland but this game is on Sunday not next week.
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LH
11/03/2021 14:39:49 3 1
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Yes, Sc v. Fr will be a cracker ... loads of points ... for FRANCE!!
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11/03/2021 16:09:56 2 4
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Scotland will not beat Ireland in my opinion.
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PFM
11/03/2021 11:12:50 6 4
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just a pity that Jones did not relegate himself
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11/03/2021 11:09:26 56 9
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a better team selection but can't see us winning. France by 10 and i think we'll get beat by Ireland next week too. 5 place here we come !
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11/03/2021 11:13:48 8 5
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I'd take that if it gets rid of the 2 biggest problems - EJ and Farrell.
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Cam
11/03/2021 11:17:58 2 2
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Spot on.
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11/03/2021 11:20:50 10 3
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hopefully this will be the last campaign for both them. Jones' comments in the week about that there were was no good talent coming through was the final nail in the coffin for me. The guy is completely deluded
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11/03/2021 11:06:14 44 16
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Why/how? are the vunipola's still in the squad.
No other Pacific Islanders were available for selection perhaps? Removed
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11/03/2021 11:16:30 12 11
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Nicely racist there wembley.
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11/03/2021 11:24:44 9 2
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You just couldn't resist a little dig could you?
Time to move on from these tired comments; whether we like it or not the eligibility rules apply to ALL nations (including your own).
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11/03/2021 16:51:11 0 1
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Or South Africans? Sorry, thinking of Scotland!
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11/03/2021 18:48:26 0 1
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...as the Flower of Scotland changes from the thistle to a protea?
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11/03/2021 11:14:12 5 3
bbc
I'm pleased that the unfit / out of form Daly isn't playing, although I think playing in the last three Englnd games has got him (almost) back to match fitness. What about the other out of form/unfit Sarries players? Why are we continuing to carry players are aren't playing regular rugby? Itoje is the only one who looks sharp & he's turned into a penalty machine (implying that he's not fully fit)
25
Cam
11/03/2021 11:10:45 48 4
bbc
A long overdue change. Daly simply isn't close to an international class fullback.
41
Cam
11/03/2021 11:14:36 49 7
bbc
To add, there's still another 4 players that need to go, with far better options available, i.e. Sam Simmons, to name but one.
11
11/03/2021 11:05:56 270 11
bbc
Oh well, one untouchable dropped, just another 3 or 4 to go...........
42
Cam
11/03/2021 11:15:09 44 4
bbc
Spot on.
11/03/2021 19:48:49 0 1
bbc
Eddie Jones keeps saying that it is his fault for not preparing the properly? He needs to go back at look at the performance against NZ in WC Semi and remember what he did.
20
11/03/2021 11:08:02 19 1
bbc
But Lawrence on bench again as we persist with Farrell/Ford. How many more times?
43
11/03/2021 11:15:28 3 1
bbc
I could rumble more but its a start. I'd have got rid of Slade and Youngs a number of games ago.
693
11/03/2021 15:18:38 0 1
bbc
Yep... Slade, farrell, youngs, may, George, both vunipolas have had 3 games and none of them have managed to get a tune yet... If not now... When?
35
11/03/2021 11:12:34 196 16
bbc
Why an earth are Farrrell and Billy Vunipola still in the team!
44
11/03/2021 11:15:43 52 19
bbc
Farrell is needed as the Ref - not sure about Billy V but hope he provides us all with a few laughs.
155
11/03/2021 11:48:37 13 22
bbc
Yea it's a problem England have actually, compared to Wales that has 15 refs on the field at any one time. Actually 16 when they played England
292
11/03/2021 12:23:25 13 17
bbc
....not sure about Farrell....but we do need an UNBIASED, skilled, referee for a change, to have any chance of winning! This 6 Nations is more like the political Eurovision Song Contest...put out what ever team/group/song you like...you'll finish bottom!
688
11/03/2021 15:15:55 0 1
bbc
Only non England supporters will be laughing at BV's performances
830
11/03/2021 16:41:14 1 3
bbc
HaHa 'cus Celtic captaining never speak to the referee - Alun Whinge Jones comes to mind....
45
11/03/2021 11:15:48 12 3
bbc
Good to see the change at full back, why not start with Earl, B Vunipola, is not on form
114
11/03/2021 11:36:19 7 3
bbc
Vunipola was rusty... against Wales he was one of the better players
6
11/03/2021 11:05:34 27 15
bbc
Wish he would make Itoje captain ... leadership on the field is surely the main challenge for England at the moment.
46
11/03/2021 11:15:56 12 6
bbc
He should have been dropped as a short sharp reminder on how to play within the rules of the game. Fantastic talent, but little credit if you keep giving penalties away.
47
11/03/2021 11:16:09 15 3
bbc
Jones should've had the bottle to dispense with Saracens players for this 6N and use it to field form players in Premiership, instead its a wasted opportunity to test players against good opposition rather than doing so in North America in summer. Jones seems incapable of arresting the discipline problem and team still seem to fold in key games when pressure is on
32
11/03/2021 11:11:50 73 23
bbc
Daley's a decent player, but he's not good enough in ant specific position to be a first choice against top flight teams.

I do wonder why Jones was so swift to ditch Mike Brown, who should have had a lot more caps IMO.
48
mj
11/03/2021 11:16:28 96 12
bbc
Mike Brown was a good player. Sadly he wouldn't, couldn't and didn't pass.
708
11/03/2021 15:37:21 11 3
bbc
Brown is on fire at the moment and rarely misses a tackle
11/03/2021 20:19:34 0 5
bbc
Mike Brown was good under a high ball, good tackler and strongish, but had neither the pace nor skills for a world class 15
No other Pacific Islanders were available for selection perhaps? Removed
49
11/03/2021 11:16:30 12 11
bbc
Nicely racist there wembley.
116
11/03/2021 11:36:43 18 9
bbc
How is that racist?
He/she was pointing out that England select South sea islanders.
Get off the band wagon, everything is not racist
50
11/03/2021 11:16:52 38 4
bbc
Just Daly? Another huge opportunity missed my Eddie who really needs to move on now ASAP. So much talent out there being ignored for certain players who just don’t deserve to currently be wearing the jersey. Sloppy
82
11/03/2021 11:27:19 13 3
bbc
Agree, too inconsistent. Don't rate him as 15 and tackling poor when really needed.
51
11/03/2021 11:17:05 3 14
bbc
I hope I do not hear any more complaints about the Adams try again. No wander Farrell did not complain against it becsuse he did the exact dame thing in 2013 playing for Saracens!!!!
25
Cam
11/03/2021 11:10:45 48 4
bbc
A long overdue change. Daly simply isn't close to an international class fullback.
52
11/03/2021 11:17:31 4 2
bbc
If Malins can catch the ball it will be a big improvement.
53
11/03/2021 11:17:31 1 8
bbc
Who Cares?

Current English rugby team is so ill-disciplined, it does not matter who they play - the team, on the pitch, MUST stop giving away penalties!

Current ENGLAND SQUAD is useless, and the Captain clearly has no control!
133
11/03/2021 11:42:54 2 1
bbc
England is not my team but the refereeing in this 6N has been very poor and England have had the worst of it. Wales may have ended up winning anyway but it would have been interesting if the ref hadn't gifted Wales 14pts. I wouldn't disagree that Jones is wrong about the Sarries players but a close loss or a win against Wales and there wouldn't be so much clamour for wholesale change.
147
11/03/2021 11:47:13 1 1
bbc
You care enough to comment!
29
11/03/2021 11:11:09 1 6
bbc
Yaaaawwwnn.
54
11/03/2021 11:17:34 1 3
bbc
Yes now you know how we all feel when Ingerland take the field to play their interesting version of "attacking rugby".

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwn Indeed.
191
11/03/2021 11:55:30 1 2
bbc
How do you feel when we win world cups and get to finals regularly? Inferior?
38
11/03/2021 11:13:48 8 5
bbc
I'd take that if it gets rid of the 2 biggest problems - EJ and Farrell.
55
Cam
11/03/2021 11:17:58 2 2
bbc
Spot on.
56
11/03/2021 11:18:33 1 2
bbc
One meaningful change to the line-up after the England team were trashed in Wales? Come on Eddie, be bold please, don't wait until 2023 then complain we don't have the player resources. One thing for sure tinkering with this team from now till '23 will not win a World Cup!
57
11/03/2021 11:18:52 6 7
bbc
Lets be honest here - Eddie won the game against Italy thus ensuring no wooden spoon this year.

That is a result for you.

If you contain France to 20 points or less then another big result.
81
11/03/2021 11:27:12 1 2
bbc
Could you spare us one of your many wooden spoons to give to Eddie please?
83
11/03/2021 11:27:20 1 1
bbc
Let's be honest here - you're talking out of your fundament as usual
99
11/03/2021 11:30:20 1 1
bbc
Yaaaawwwwnnnnnn
6
11/03/2021 11:05:34 27 15
bbc
Wish he would make Itoje captain ... leadership on the field is surely the main challenge for England at the moment.
58
11/03/2021 11:19:11 5 3
bbc
Itoje he is your best player , Farrell doesn’t communicate well with refs and can’t guarantee his place anymore
Hence I agree with your call to make itoje captain
Good luck on Saturday you could do us a favour by beating France ????
??
59
11/03/2021 11:19:31 11 2
bbc
Well a step in the right direction. let’s have a few more of the on form players and we may start looking playing proper rugby.
34
mj
11/03/2021 11:12:27 64 16
bbc
Just Farrell & Youngs to move over now.
60
11/03/2021 11:19:40 55 43
bbc
And Ford, both Vunipolas, ....and Jones!
269
nic
11/03/2021 12:16:35 15 3
bbc
Ford is very good ten - Mako is an excellent prop. I wouldn't change those though I'd like to see Smith tried at ten at some point.
451
Kes
11/03/2021 13:35:05 12 5
bbc
Disagree about Ford. He is an excellent 10.
909
11/03/2021 17:37:26 3 3
bbc
With decent ball Ford is still England's best number 10 Farrell has to go and may well this weekend to a red, never has nor will be a captain
12/03/2021 14:18:54 1 0
bbc
Nothing wrong with Mako
12/03/2021 15:29:05 0 0
bbc
Right on!
32
11/03/2021 11:11:50 73 23
bbc
Daley's a decent player, but he's not good enough in ant specific position to be a first choice against top flight teams.

I do wonder why Jones was so swift to ditch Mike Brown, who should have had a lot more caps IMO.
61
11/03/2021 11:19:46 8 9
bbc
Because he has a big mouth and never passed the ball!
62
11/03/2021 11:20:38 5 3
bbc
need to pick a captain that leads by example and demands discipline from his team. i fear a drubbing down to the amount of penalties we will conceed.
63
11/03/2021 11:20:48 3 1
bbc
Great to see Harry Kane get a chance.
38
11/03/2021 11:13:48 8 5
bbc
I'd take that if it gets rid of the 2 biggest problems - EJ and Farrell.
64
11/03/2021 11:20:50 10 3
bbc
hopefully this will be the last campaign for both them. Jones' comments in the week about that there were was no good talent coming through was the final nail in the coffin for me. The guy is completely deluded
156
11/03/2021 11:48:46 6 1
bbc
I did wonder about that comment. The talent is on show in the Premiership for all to see. For example, you've got to think it would be very embarassing for EJ if Sam Simmonds is selected by Gatland for the Lions but can't get a look in for England.

Love the way M Smith plays, but I still think he needs another season of club rugby.
867
11/03/2021 17:02:35 1 2
bbc
Wow! thats not only sad, but bad! I really liked ED, but getting a bit deluded myself about him. Gregg, where can I find that comment.
65
11/03/2021 11:21:28 11 3
bbc
Still too many out of form Sarries in the team, test matches are not where you get match fit. We should pick the best 15 and then name the captain. Also needs Robson to start and there is a promising No8 at Exeter who can break quickly, score tries, carry the ball and is also good in defence, but EJ knows best pick a guy who can be a great No8 but is currently not playing regular and has no form
89
11/03/2021 11:28:41 6 6
bbc
Robson has had a poor championship so far. Not sure what he's done to deserve a start. The bench have overall been disappointing and he's been an integral part of that.

Billy actually played well vs Wales. Especially if you look at the stats. At one point was making making more metres per carry than his cousin who got the MOTM gong.
66
11/03/2021 11:21:31 9 6
bbc
Another defeat looming and its not hard to see a 20 plus point advantage to France even if France aren't at 100%.
This weekends hammering should at least be enough to get rid of Jones and the hopeless Farrell
267
11/03/2021 12:15:21 2 3
bbc
You really are obsessed with England. Even when you're teams winning? Sad sad man
67
11/03/2021 11:21:56 5 3
bbc
That gives him three days to forget how to play, ignore what he sees, learn the blackboard procedures and learn how to blindly boot the ball as close to the opposition's back three as possible.
96
11/03/2021 11:29:39 4 2
bbc
He's been in the England camp for the past 6 weeks. EJ will have trained any attacking intent out of him, so now he gets his chance. Odogwu probably still trying to run the ball, so no place for him in this team.
68
11/03/2021 11:22:08 12 7
bbc
Nice to see so many well informed posts here - don’t you realise that due to Covid restrictions and the bubble then Eddie doesn’t have the option to bring in a load of new players
105
Pip
11/03/2021 11:32:11 13 3
bbc
Sam Simmonds, European Player of the Year, currently on 14 tries, 7 more than anyone else, a pretty good option for Eddie if you ask me...........?
639
11/03/2021 14:48:53 1 2
bbc
I don't understand the covid bubble for the squad being a problem. Surely the Gallagher prem players are also tested regularly and must return negative tests to play so why is bringing them in such a problem !?Not the same for all countries? If all their players are playing in their leagues, surely they're all Covid -ve
953
11/03/2021 18:12:13 0 1
bbc
In view of this, how come Scotland can call Skinner into their squad?
69
11/03/2021 11:22:26 4 3
bbc
Happy for Malins but seems strange to start him vs the toughest opposition.

Reminds me of when Lancaster decided the best time to give J.Nowell his debut vs France away.

How Wilson keeps his place I don't know.

It's odd how 2nd row used to be one of our strongest positions but with Launchbury/Lawes injured, Kruis in Japan, it's not actually very strong at all!
87
11/03/2021 11:28:27 0 1
bbc
And May. What an idiot for breaking his nose. He'll never amount to anything will he beshocked.
5
11/03/2021 11:05:25 4 3
bbc
Not a fan of rugby but credit to max for getting a first start great achievement
70
11/03/2021 11:22:57 3 1
bbc
Hope he doesn't have to tackle anyone !!
98
11/03/2021 11:30:01 2 2
bbc
Cant be any worse than Daly..
22
11/03/2021 11:08:36 190 15
bbc
Eddie should have just ripped this team apart. After two defeats the 6 nations is gone. This would have been a great opportunity to see new players in an international test match
71
11/03/2021 11:23:19 91 12
bbc
The November series (which England comfortably won if I recall) was the perfect time to blood new players. EJ paying the penalty for not doing that.
134
11/03/2021 11:42:55 28 4
bbc
Comfortable? Went into extra time against the French 3rd side.
268
11/03/2021 12:16:11 10 3
bbc
Comfortably won? I hope that was sarcasm. We barely managed to put a French C team away to win it.

England have been struggling for ideas for a while and this recent run of poor form is no surprise and entirely expected when Eddie picks so many out of form and unfit players.
349
11/03/2021 12:43:44 4 2
bbc
‘Comfortably’ won against the French 3rd XV
422
11/03/2021 13:18:34 3 1
bbc
Recollection not too good.A lot of us could see against the French that the team that scraped through in the November series would struggle in this 6 nations especially with Jones propensity to favour woefully out of form and rusty Saracens players.
779
Gaz
11/03/2021 16:13:37 0 1
bbc
England were really good against the 3rd French side
12/03/2021 09:34:36 0 1
bbc
Hardly comfortable against France 3rd xv
72
11/03/2021 11:23:27 11 1
bbc
Dropping Daly is no surprise as he's had an appalling Six Nations so far and should have gone off way before the 75th minute against Wales or maybe shouldn't have started in the first place. Just the same with George who like all the Saracens players seem rusty and out of touch because they haven't played since early December. A risk that backfired on Eddie Jones.
88
Pip
11/03/2021 11:28:28 9 4
bbc
They played the week-end, at Cornish Pirates, and were well beaten. Team of the past, and for England it shows.............?
100
11/03/2021 11:30:50 2 1
bbc
The Saracens England players have now played 3 games for England so a new excuse might be needed.
138
11/03/2021 11:45:10 2 2
bbc
I personally believe the lineout misfiring is not exclusively George's fault but of course he gets blamed for it.

England badly miss Kruis in particular, especially as he used to form such a successful partnership with Itoje.

Itoje seems less effective with no decent 2nd row supporting him.

England's lineout options are predictable.

George had a try assist and made lots of tackles vs Wales.
73
11/03/2021 11:24:12 4 6
bbc
It doesn’t matter who plays for England against France because they will lose. Scotland ?????????????? & Wales ?????????????? have proved that this English side are definitely beatable and shouldn’t be intimidated whatsoever. I’m predicting England ?????????????? 18 France ???? 25.
91
11/03/2021 11:28:43 3 2
bbc
Well Said!
95
11/03/2021 11:29:34 2 2
bbc
Take your anti-English sentiment elsewhere.
74
11/03/2021 11:24:30 2 14
bbc
'BREAKING NEWS' about a player being being chosen to play for England for his first 'CAP'.

Who the hell cares?

A 'BREAKING NEWS' story is about something of importance to the general public, not the TRIVIA of someone being selected to play for what is a currently feeble English rugby squad.
80
11/03/2021 11:26:40 11 2
bbc
Don't read it then.
103
RB
11/03/2021 11:32:06 3 1
bbc
I care...because I like Rugby. Why don’t you go and comment on something you enjoy? If you don’t enjoy anything, don’t comment. Simple really
75
11/03/2021 11:24:35 1 3
bbc
Looking forward to seeing how Malins plays. Hopefully he will get a run of games to see what he can do. Daly (who I am a big fan of) needs to be picked as. Winger or even better a Centre, and on form. Feel sad for the Wasps wing/centre that hasn’t played but I expect he’s enjoying the England payday (£15k per game even if not in the 23).
No other Pacific Islanders were available for selection perhaps? Removed
76
11/03/2021 11:24:44 9 2
bbc
You just couldn't resist a little dig could you?
Time to move on from these tired comments; whether we like it or not the eligibility rules apply to ALL nations (including your own).
6
11/03/2021 11:05:34 27 15
bbc
Wish he would make Itoje captain ... leadership on the field is surely the main challenge for England at the moment.
77
11/03/2021 11:24:51 11 1
bbc
I love Itoje as a player but I’m not sure as Captain. He plays on the edge but didn’t rein it in when the penalties were going against him in the Wales match. If he can’t control himself how can he control others?
78
11/03/2021 11:24:57 2 2
bbc
Allez le Blue
175
11/03/2021 11:52:24 3 2
bbc
which one?
79
11/03/2021 11:26:09 8 2
bbc
Such a pity Harry Randall is injured best scrum half in the premiership and should of started against Scotland, only trouble with him is he does not aimlessly kick possession away like Youngs does not fit the criteria for England!
113
11/03/2021 11:36:10 3 1
bbc
Not in the nominated squad. If you weren't nominated no chance. He's better off not playing in this shambles.
74
11/03/2021 11:24:30 2 14
bbc
'BREAKING NEWS' about a player being being chosen to play for England for his first 'CAP'.

Who the hell cares?

A 'BREAKING NEWS' story is about something of importance to the general public, not the TRIVIA of someone being selected to play for what is a currently feeble English rugby squad.
80
11/03/2021 11:26:40 11 2
bbc
Don't read it then.
101
11/03/2021 11:30:53 0 3
bbc
Why do you keep commenting then?
233
11/03/2021 12:06:16 0 1
bbc
Difficult to avoid it, when the BBC puts up a ' BREAKING NEWS' item, with such trivia!
57
11/03/2021 11:18:52 6 7
bbc
Lets be honest here - Eddie won the game against Italy thus ensuring no wooden spoon this year.

That is a result for you.

If you contain France to 20 points or less then another big result.
81
11/03/2021 11:27:12 1 2
bbc
Could you spare us one of your many wooden spoons to give to Eddie please?
50
11/03/2021 11:16:52 38 4
bbc
Just Daly? Another huge opportunity missed my Eddie who really needs to move on now ASAP. So much talent out there being ignored for certain players who just don’t deserve to currently be wearing the jersey. Sloppy
82
11/03/2021 11:27:19 13 3
bbc
Agree, too inconsistent. Don't rate him as 15 and tackling poor when really needed.
621
LH
11/03/2021 14:41:24 0 1
bbc
Well, the only thing he did wrong against the Taffies was to miss an overlap with May and a clear scoring chance, otherwise he was good!
57
11/03/2021 11:18:52 6 7
bbc
Lets be honest here - Eddie won the game against Italy thus ensuring no wooden spoon this year.

That is a result for you.

If you contain France to 20 points or less then another big result.
83
11/03/2021 11:27:20 1 1
bbc
Let's be honest here - you're talking out of your fundament as usual
84
11/03/2021 11:27:24 3 3
bbc
Would love the following scoreline England 0 France 75, but I expect to see England 13 France 50
85
11/03/2021 11:27:52 37 4
bbc
The lack of games played by Saracens players means a lack of match practice and an inability to play International level rugby at this moment .
106
11/03/2021 11:32:44 6 21
bbc
Didn't realise Genge, Ewels, Hill,Wilson and Robson are all Saracens players...
11/03/2021 19:51:08 1 2
bbc
Saracens lost to Pirates, not dissing Pirates, but why is there even one Saracen in the England side. Not having played is hrdly a reason
86
11/03/2021 11:27:55 13 1
bbc
Ribbons had to play, you need an abrasive, ball carrying second row, Ewels is not that player.
102
11/03/2021 11:31:37 4 1
bbc
I agree and thought that he’d be straight in the mix (perhaps the bench). Ewels decent when he starts though. I was looking forward to Jonny Hill but he hasn’t looked that good to me.
195
11/03/2021 11:56:40 1 1
bbc
It's Ribbans and he's South African!
11/03/2021 19:27:21 0 1
bbc
I love it when you think you are so knowledgeable about a player yet you can't spell his name
69
11/03/2021 11:22:26 4 3
bbc
Happy for Malins but seems strange to start him vs the toughest opposition.

Reminds me of when Lancaster decided the best time to give J.Nowell his debut vs France away.

How Wilson keeps his place I don't know.

It's odd how 2nd row used to be one of our strongest positions but with Launchbury/Lawes injured, Kruis in Japan, it's not actually very strong at all!
87
11/03/2021 11:28:27 0 1
bbc
And May. What an idiot for breaking his nose. He'll never amount to anything will he beshocked.
130
11/03/2021 11:41:34 1 1
bbc
May has turned into a good winger. Hasn't happened overnight. Still has off days like a very poor performance vs Scotland but he's steadily improved. He's made that left wing his own.

Glad to see Daly dropped. He has had a very poor 6 nations but he's not the only player to perform badly.
72
11/03/2021 11:23:27 11 1
bbc
Dropping Daly is no surprise as he's had an appalling Six Nations so far and should have gone off way before the 75th minute against Wales or maybe shouldn't have started in the first place. Just the same with George who like all the Saracens players seem rusty and out of touch because they haven't played since early December. A risk that backfired on Eddie Jones.
88
Pip
11/03/2021 11:28:28 9 4
bbc
They played the week-end, at Cornish Pirates, and were well beaten. Team of the past, and for England it shows.............?
726
11/03/2021 15:53:40 0 1
bbc
No they didn't.
None of the England squad played at the weekend.
911
11/03/2021 17:38:14 0 1
bbc
Perhaps Cornish Pirates ought to take the place of other parts of England. Shades of 1908.
980
AJW
11/03/2021 18:45:59 0 1
bbc
Did not include England Squad players
65
11/03/2021 11:21:28 11 3
bbc
Still too many out of form Sarries in the team, test matches are not where you get match fit. We should pick the best 15 and then name the captain. Also needs Robson to start and there is a promising No8 at Exeter who can break quickly, score tries, carry the ball and is also good in defence, but EJ knows best pick a guy who can be a great No8 but is currently not playing regular and has no form
89
11/03/2021 11:28:41 6 6
bbc
Robson has had a poor championship so far. Not sure what he's done to deserve a start. The bench have overall been disappointing and he's been an integral part of that.

Billy actually played well vs Wales. Especially if you look at the stats. At one point was making making more metres per carry than his cousin who got the MOTM gong.
306
11/03/2021 12:29:00 0 1
bbc
Billy’s stats are so misleading- he was running kicks back for 20/30 metres before being hit by tacklers , often behind the gain line. He was better than recent efforts but just not quick enough any more.
22
11/03/2021 11:08:36 190 15
bbc
Eddie should have just ripped this team apart. After two defeats the 6 nations is gone. This would have been a great opportunity to see new players in an international test match
90
11/03/2021 11:28:42 21 2
bbc
Not sure how much he is able to change the squad due to the Covid/Bubble thing. I'm Welsh, but would love to see him give Marcus Smith a run out at 10, but don't think they are allowed to bring in new players to the squad, could be wrong.
273
11/03/2021 12:18:08 7 1
bbc
He can't make wholesale changes now due to COVID/bubble, but Eddie missed a trick by ignoring the form players in the premiership when he selected his 6N squads.

It stinks of arrogance to select players who haven't played for months and expect them to do well.
410
11/03/2021 13:12:13 0 1
bbc
Agreed Gareth , not a George Ford fan and smith could produce that sparkle that Ford allegedly does . Like you don’t think they can break the bubble .
603
11/03/2021 14:33:19 0 1
bbc
Just leave Marcus at Quins, thank you. You are correct though he is playing excellent rugby at the moment and should be in the squad at least
73
11/03/2021 11:24:12 4 6
bbc
It doesn’t matter who plays for England against France because they will lose. Scotland ?????????????? & Wales ?????????????? have proved that this English side are definitely beatable and shouldn’t be intimidated whatsoever. I’m predicting England ?????????????? 18 France ???? 25.
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11/03/2021 11:28:43 3 2
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Well Said!
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11/03/2021 11:29:18 30 6
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Very hard to be an England fan with selections like this. Malins is a positive but Marcus Smith, Sam Simmonds and co must be scratching their heads or even laughing at the situation. I might watch the Premiership games instead this weekend where our best players seem to be playing and the more attractive brand of rugby is played...
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11/03/2021 11:32:09 9 6
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Not in the covid restricted squad. So can't pick them.
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11/03/2021 11:34:05 0 1
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Eddie Jones probably thought that he could blood those players during the Summer tour when some players go away with the Lions. Not sure many England backs will go with the Lions, nor Billy V (if it happens at all).
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11/03/2021 11:35:53 6 2
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Totally agree. the three top teams in the Premiership play attacking fast paced rugby by surveying what is in front of them. So why does EJ insist on this percentages, stodgy, play without the ball rugby. Surely he has seen that this has been sussed out by teams and should be consigned to the dustbin. Our tactics in the last 12 months have been appalling
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11/03/2021 18:30:05 0 3
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If you want to see a more attractive brand just watch France.
11/03/2021 19:46:16 2 2
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England took a chance and played Ford & Farrell when they were young players. They have not improved in the last few years and we now need to take the chance again with young players.
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11/03/2021 11:29:19 2 2
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Good, Malins deserves a start.
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11/03/2021 11:29:32 9 1
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In Eddie we trust. Hahahaha
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11/03/2021 11:24:12 4 6
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It doesn’t matter who plays for England against France because they will lose. Scotland ?????????????? & Wales ?????????????? have proved that this English side are definitely beatable and shouldn’t be intimidated whatsoever. I’m predicting England ?????????????? 18 France ???? 25.
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11/03/2021 11:29:34 2 2
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Take your anti-English sentiment elsewhere.
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11/03/2021 12:12:15 1 1
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Err no I won’t. I’m just being honest. England have lost to Scotland and Wales and I think France will beat them on Saturday too. ??
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11/03/2021 11:21:56 5 3
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That gives him three days to forget how to play, ignore what he sees, learn the blackboard procedures and learn how to blindly boot the ball as close to the opposition's back three as possible.
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11/03/2021 11:29:39 4 2
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He's been in the England camp for the past 6 weeks. EJ will have trained any attacking intent out of him, so now he gets his chance. Odogwu probably still trying to run the ball, so no place for him in this team.
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11/03/2021 11:12:34 196 16
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Why an earth are Farrrell and Billy Vunipola still in the team!
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11/03/2021 11:29:58 23 17
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billy played well against Wales. I know stats arent everything, but had better stats all round than Faletau. Thought it looked like he turned a corner, form wise
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11/03/2021 11:39:21 15 14
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I agree - some people don't actually watch the games! Both OF and Billy had their best games for a while
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11/03/2021 11:55:06 16 7
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Billy looked better only because Wales kicked the ball deep and gave him a free 25 yard plus free run before he was tackled. Meanwhile Faletau was busy winning the man of match award!
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11/03/2021 12:22:17 14 1
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Does 'play well' mean carry the ball in to contact?

What else does he do?
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11/03/2021 11:22:57 3 1
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Hope he doesn't have to tackle anyone !!
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11/03/2021 11:30:01 2 2
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Cant be any worse than Daly..
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11/03/2021 11:18:52 6 7
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Lets be honest here - Eddie won the game against Italy thus ensuring no wooden spoon this year.

That is a result for you.

If you contain France to 20 points or less then another big result.
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11/03/2021 11:30:20 1 1
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Yaaaawwwwnnnnnn
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11/03/2021 11:23:27 11 1
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Dropping Daly is no surprise as he's had an appalling Six Nations so far and should have gone off way before the 75th minute against Wales or maybe shouldn't have started in the first place. Just the same with George who like all the Saracens players seem rusty and out of touch because they haven't played since early December. A risk that backfired on Eddie Jones.
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11/03/2021 11:30:50 2 1
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The Saracens England players have now played 3 games for England so a new excuse might be needed.