England Scout Notes – 6th October

The clock is ticking towards the Autumn Internationals, and one or two players are making strong cases for inclusion in Johnno’s side to grace the Twickenham turf.

Paul Hodgson
Must be one of the most irritating players to play against, which is a fine quality for a scrum-half. He’s constantly in the referee’s ear, has enough pace to worry defenders, and his passing and basic skills are second to none.

Nick Easter
Still not the most dynamic player, but played a large part in Quins’ first victory, and not only because he scored the winning try. After Hape walked through the defence, heads could have dropped, but Easter’s determination lifted the team and spurred them on. That sort of leadership is what England have lacked, so perhaps Easter is the man.

Nick Abendanon
Showed yet more attacking flair, but also proved some defensive qualities with a couple of important and impressive tackles. Looking more and more like the option at 15 in the absence of Armitage.

Granny list
Can someone please check whether these players have any English blood, no matter how distant the relation?
– Shontayne Hape
– Nicky Little
– Sailosi Tagicakibau
– Schalk Brits

With the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup beginning this weekend, our England Scouts will have a great opportunity to see some the English players at European clubs, thanks to Sky‘s wall-to-wall coverage.

James Haskell’s Stade Francais play Edinburgh, Jamie Noon and Brive head to the Scarlets whilst Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon side face Castres. Keep an eye out for next week’s report!

One thought on “England Scout Notes – 6th October

  1. Isn’t Hape qualified by residency soon? Not sure there’s any pressing need for Little with Jonny back in form and Geraghty, Cipriani, Lamb etc. doing pretty well. Shame Brits and Tagi have been capped elsewhere, though.

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