England names unchanged side…

…for the first time in 27 matches!  Another first for the World Cup, all 30 players were available for selection, and the fact that Andy Farrell is not in the 22 suggests he has only featured through lack of choice.

Jason Robinson will lead the side out at the Stade de France as he wins his 50th cap, and proclaimed, “The Lord has taken me from one amazing thing to another.”  Let’s hope He takes England to the final.

England: J Robinson (unatt); P Sackey (Wasps), M Tait (Newcastle), M Catt (London Irish), J Lewsey (Wasps); J Wilkinson (Newcastle), A Gomarsall (Harlequins); A Sheridan (Sale), M Regan (Bristol), P Vickery (Wasps, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), B Kay (Leicester), M Corry (Leicester), L Moody (Leicester), N Easter (Harlequins).
Subs: G Chuter (Leicester), M Stevens (Bath), L Dallaglio (Wasps), J Worsley (Wasps), P Richards (London Irish), T Flood (Newcastle), D Hipkiss (Leicester).

6 thoughts on “England names unchanged side…

  1. You boys obviously never predicted this as a semi-final, otherwise you wouldn’t have already used “Le Crunch” as a headline earlier in the tournament!

    Come what may, let’s just remember that we’ve already over-achieved really as far as this tournament goes. You just never know of course, as it involves France.

    I think you can pretty well disregard the two pre-RWC warm-up games and I think we learnt more from those games than they did, as our sides then and now are pretty different.

    A big plus in our favour is that we finally beat them in the 6N this year to break the post-2003 hoodoo, but it’s still seven and a half years since we won in Paris against France.

    The head says France will win, the heart says they won’t. You never know though, I said exactly the same before France v Argentina and before England v France at HQ this year. Whatever happens, we need a strong first ten minutes, that’s what los Pumas had and never looked back.

    Remember though, whatever happens, at least we made the semis!

  2. True, this World Cup has been a success for England given recent form, and 4 years bragging rights over the Aussies is almost as good as taking home Bill anyway.

    Still, you can’t help but dream. We can beat France with a performance like last week, and then I’d fancy our chances against Argentina in the final!

  3. Well that game’s another story altogether isn’t it? For what it’s worth, I’m predicting a narrow SA win, but only because I think they’ll have a stronger bench. The fact that I’m comparing their benches, says it all.

    I don’t particularly dislike the current Boks side (despite the 36-0, that was our own fault), but it would be great for rugby generally if the Pumas won. In fact, it would have been a fitting final, as both have yet to lose.

    Another great weekend of rugby beckons.

  4. We will win 27-25. Jonny will kick 6 penalties and 3 drop goals and France will score 5 unconverted tries.

    We will then beat Argentina 6-3 in the final. We will then have to endure several weeks of suggestions that the scoring system should be amended but we won’t be able to hear them over the noise of silverware being polished.

    It’s in the bag.

  5. While Argentina winning would probably increase the global marketability of the game, it would certainly have the downside of encouraging every up & coming player or coach to consider the ‘up and under’ as a focal point of a successful attack.

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