Tim Horan (67)
Joe Marler out - tested positive for Covid 19. Rest of the squad now tested and waiting for results.
Qwerty where did you hear Tupou has been ruled out? I'm expecting he will be but I can't see anything reported just yet
JOC (James O'Connor) played very deep for the last few years for the Reds, and they were quite effective. But I think that is more a reflection of the standard and line speed of defence in Super Rugby AU vs International test matches.Quade Cooper played very flat and was good at bringing his forward runners into the game. No other Oz 5/8 has done this anywhere near as well.
JOC (James O'Connor) needs to do the same and play through the forwards up the middle before going wide.
What Cooper did well was to feed his forward runners close to the line. If JOC (James O'Connor) remains deep he cannot do so and it is up to the halfback to do the same. I think McDermott is better suited to this than White.JOC (James O'Connor) played very deep for the last few years for the Reds, and they were quite effective. But I think that is more a reflection of the standard and line speed of defence in Super Rugby AU vs International test matches.
It is easy to say 'play flatter', but I don't feel we will get that style from anyone in our setup other than Quade Cooper at the current time. We need to build an attacking structure around the players we currently have, rather than shoehorn them into an unfamiliar style. Same with our centre combo, we can't replicate Kerevi.
It's England. The least palatable team to whom to lose, ever. Even when I know we should, and probably will.I don't know what everyone is worried about.
The injuries and performance against the Scots have combined to give us a gold-plated Free Pass to lose this game.
Just sit back and enjoy it. Our time will come.