In a new feature for this season on The Rugby Blog, we will be bringing you a selection of notes that Martin Johnson’s team may or may not have made whilst watching the weekend’s rugby action.
Very impressive in his first game as Northampton skipper, appeared to be everywhere on the field. Solid with his throwing and particularly effective in the loose, starting to play more and more like Steve Thompson. A couple of tough fixtures coming up, so will be interesting to see how he fares.
A few reminders why we picked him for his debut against Ireland, with some lovely passes and sleight of hand. Showed good pace, but tactical nous questionable – against 14 men, he should have been playing the game in Quins territory all afternoon.
Moved to 12 and looked sharp, a couple of line breaks and the odd glimpse of his elusive sidestep. Kicked well, and could be England’s answer at inside centre now that Riki is in France.
Great to see JSD fit again, and scored two tries. Looked as dangerous as ever, full of intent with the ball in hand. Also strong in defence. Will keep an eye on him over next few weeks, but need to look at other options because he’ll probably be injured by November.
Looked uncomfortable on his debut for Irish, kicked horrendously and didn’t put in the performance we were hoping for. Can probably be discounted as an international option.