England Scout Notes – 28th September

Whilst we compose our review of the weekend’s action, we can bring you this week’s Scout Notes where a few players caught the eye and could feature in the Autumn.

Danny Care
Some of his rivals have been making headlines, but Care spearheaded the Quins comeback in Newcastle, and that ability to drive the whole team may count more than just the electric pace we’ve seen from Hodgson and Simpson. Suddenly, there’s a raft of talent at scrum-half.

Ugo Monye
Looking more and more comfortable at full-back so could be worth considering with Armitage out. One of the first names on the team sheet at the moment, and is bound to feature somewhere in the back three, and with a few strong players at wing, a reshuffle could be on the cards.

Nick Abendanon
With the full-back berth open, Abendanon put his hand up for selection in Bath’s draw with Leicester. Counter-attacked well looking for space rather than just booting the ball back aimlessly, and was very steady under the high ball. Popped up in different places and was a threat from first phase as well as in broken play.

Lewis Moody
Turned in a Man of the Match performance against Bath. The Crazy Horse looked less crazy and more composed, extremely competitive at every breakdown and seemed to be the first man there every time. Could be a strong option on the bench, although may well challenge Tom Rees for the starting jersey.

Matt Banahan
Simply too big to go unnoticed by England. Finished a try for Bath with two Tigers players hanging off him, and three others trying to stop him getting the ball down. Offers a great option for the cross-field kick which is a favourite England tactic, and could be used coming off his wing on the crash ball in the heart of the Aussie defence.

Shane Geraghty
Geraghty is pulling all the strings in the Saints backline, taking the right options and looking composed. Excellent distribution skills, and shows a deft touch when kicking. Currently the standout candidate for the England 12 shirt.

2 thoughts on “England Scout Notes – 28th September

  1. Despite a poor opening match, Shontayne Hape is looking good at inside centre for Bath. Unlike other candidates he’s got all the attributes for a number 12, strong, elusive, smart and creative with decent distribution.
    Also I think he’s now qualified for England.

  2. Geraghty has to be given a chance, I like Bannhan and Monye on the wings and Foden at fullback for a try abaendonen on the bench.

    Moody should be in instead of Rees, wasps pack was woeful against irish and there will be a lot of tackling to do against the top nations, Rees can get more of a chance during the 6N. We need warriors in the pack.

    Kennedy (never happen, we all know why)


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