All online news reports are saying Gordon will start this game, so I am guessing Tate is on the bench. So what will happen game 4, best performer of the 3 start and second best on the bench?I'm not so sure about resting anyone for this match unless they really need it, and you plan on them playing 60min+ v Ireland and Wales.
All of these games are WC prep, and I don't really like the idea of giving guys a run who aren't in the plans for that squad. I know they could play themselves into the squad potentially, but I'd still want to see as strong a side we can sensibly put out there. We don't have the depth to just throw guys around and still win by 25.
I agree with the point about Gordon being the 3rd halfback now. Tate has a much higher ceiling and love him or hate him White is a better Halfback. At least we have 3 halfbacks in the squad that are at standard.
Tate and White for Ireland IMO. Who starts is anyone's guess, but I'd lean towards Tate. All the pressure is on Ireland to beat us in that one so why not throw in the live wire and spark something.
Most of the good stuff we did against France came off White. I like McDermott and his snipes but with a playmaker like Foley outside him I don't think he's the man for that match.Tate and White for Ireland IMO. Who starts is anyone's guess, but I'd lean towards Tate. All the pressure is on Ireland to beat us in that one so why not throw in the live wire and spark something.
i would favour Mister Right at 6 and Holloway at 7 ,, McRight is a genuine fetcher ( which we desperately need ) and Holloway just keeps improving
I reckon you're both at sixes and sevens with the positions here...Holloway should be rested for this match, he's played more than enough minutes and risks picking up an injury if he becomes fatigued. ATM he's the best gold 7. Hanigan's increased involvement and physicality in the A games needs to be tested here. We don't lose anything in the lineout with Ned playing.
McReight, also, must be tested at this level. I'd start him if I was a selector.