1. Is Clive right?
In recent weeks, Sir Clive Woodward has whined nonstop that Danny Cipriani should be England’s starting 10, and he may have a point. Owen Farrell’s form was sketchy at best over the autumn whereas Cipriani has been playing some the kind of rugby that thrust him into the international spotlight a few years ago. He was the best man on the park against Saracens and the week before against Worcester, and if he keeps up this form for the rest of the season, a Six Nations call-up may be heading his way.
2. Wade and Yarde will be missed
Probably the two biggest dangermen in the Premiership are now injured for a lengthy amount of time and nobody is going to miss them more than their clubs. Christian Wade is out for six months with a foot injury, and with Tom Varndell still on the sideline, Wasps may find tries hard to come by over the next few weeks. The same goes for London Irish who have Marland Yarde injured. Irish haven’t won for four rounds and with their most lethal finisher out, it may be another four rounds before their next win.
3. Bottom v Bottom
Worcester Warriors have been dire this season, with precisely zero wins and two losing bonus points to their name, so they will be hoping to start afresh at the weekend when they face Biarritz who are rock bottom in the Top 14. A cold night at Sixways is not something the Frenchmen will be relishing and a win against a once impressive team could give the Worcester players motivation to kick on in the Premiership.
4. Gloucester must look to strengthen
Do Gloucester have the worst pack in the Premiership at the moment? It’s between them and Worcester but Glaws are looking to change all that. They signed Tongan international prop Sila Puafisi last week and they are being heavily linked with superstar Adam Jones. They need to strengthen quickly because they are at the wrong end of the table and Nigel Davies may find himself out of a job before too long.
5. Same old, same old
Is it just me or has the Premiership been a bit boring this year? The league table is pretty much what everyone predicted it would look like – Gloucester’s unanticipated slide aside – and there haven’t been too many exciting games this season. It is all getting just a little predictable and it is easy to see the gulf in class between the top half and the bottom half of the league. Would the introduction of Welsh teams change any of this? Discuss.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
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