England team to face SA North Barbarians

England have named their side for their final midweek tour match in Kimberly against the SA North Barbarians. Ugo Monye starts for the first time on tour along with Jamie Gibson and Tom Youngs. Karl Dickson and Jonny May, who both flew out to join the squad over the last few days, are on the bench.

strong>15. Nick Abendanon, 14. Christian Wade, 13. Anthony Allen, 12. Jordan Turner-Hall, 11. Ugo Monye, 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Lee Dickson; 1. Matt Mullan, 2. Tom Youngs, 3. Paul Doran-Jones, 4. Graham Kitchener, 5. George Robson, 6. Jamie Gibson, 7. Carl Fearns, 8. Ben Morgan


16. Joe Gray, 17. Rupert Harden, 18. Mouritz Botha, 19. James Haskell, 20. Karl Dickson, 21. David Strettle, 22. Jonny May

17 thoughts on “England team to face SA North Barbarians

  1. Obviously both Danny Care and Lee Dickson will be involved on Saturday, but is Lee Dickson starting here an indication as to who will start the test match?

    1. Presumably so – it’s not ideal to start a game on Tuesday and then another on Saturday (especially a test match v. the Boks!)

      Could be done though, but I think Lancaster has indicated his preference in this tour for an attacking threat at scrum half – Dickson is probably better than Care or Youngs at distributing and getting the back line going forward but he’s less of an attacking option himself than the other two. Don’t know though, there’s a school of thought that says Dickson would be better off starting, and then you use Care as an impact sub to keep them guessing when they’re tired.

      1. I would tend to agree about starting Dickson for the third test. I would even be tempted to bring Farrell back in to start, purely for defensive reasons. Of we can stay in touch for the first half, then make the necessary changes early in the second, we could nick it.

        1. I think we should stick with Flood, he made all his tackles so it’s not like he’s a Quade Cooper defensive liability. Granted Farrell is much more destructive in the tackle, but unfortunately there are no signs his all round game is improving. I hope he leaves the tackle bags alone and doesn’t go near a kicking tee for a while and works with a sprint coach instead and does loads of passing drills. He’s never going to be Dan Carter, but without working on his all round game I can see him behind Ford and Burns as well as Flood this time next year. Really hope he does improve he has a mind of ice and steel, something you definitely can’t coach.

      2. Think that Dickson took all the momemtum away when he came on at the weekend and made some silly mistakes so would not be surprised at all if Care starts.

        Also with Botha on the bench but Palmer not I would expect Palmer to be starting on Sat as well.

  2. Just noticed Jonny May’s name on there. Has he been with the squad all along? Would be very interesting to see him come on.

  3. The fact that Goode is also not mentioned would suggest that Lancaaster may switch Foden back to the wing and start Goode at FB? Especially as Strettle is on the bench here.

  4. Haskell on the bench, is this because he was abysmal last week (I’m not a Haskell hater by the way I’ve just never seen him so bad in a Wasps, Stade, Highlanders or England shirt as he was last week) or because he will be replacing Robshaw at the weekend?

    I had missed the news that Jonny May had flown out, looking forward to seeing his pace on the hard ground at some point.

    On the scrum half selection I wouldn’t mind seeing a Dixon Flood combination. As Flood is a reasonable distributor we may benefit from getting ball away from ruck faster. If it was Farrell then I prefer Care as a sniper round the fringes, don’t like the lack of running threat from a Dixon and Farrell combo.

  5. Only caught some very brief highlights of the game (due to awful American TV) but Thomas the Tank looked good, got to be starting now with Morgan at 8. Have to agreed with May, would love to see him given a half to really see what he’s got in his locker, but doubt it

  6. What a shame Steffon Armitage wasn’t picked initially and allowed to join up with the squad once his Toulon games were over. I know he would have missed some of the tour but would appear to be the ideal Englishman to replace Robshaw for this game…

  7. I would say that giving Goode a chance to start on Saturday and moving Foden to the wing could be an interesting option. I would start with Barritt and Tuilagi in the centres because we need our defensive structure back and then bring on Joseph for some impact. Definitely a fan of Corbisero – he always puts his hand up when playing for England and definitely deserves a start. With Robson injured, it could be interesting playing a Johnson, Haskell and Waldrom back row at 6, 7 and 8 for a bit more bulk.

  8. Team looks okay, as said by some others, the starting of Dickson seems to hint that care will be starting for the final test. Absolutely gutted for Robshaw, not a great way to round off a great season for him.

    Our second rows seemed a little weak on Saturday, so what about Robson to start the final test instead of Parling or Botha?

    1. Don’t think Robson would add anything in terms of physicality, he isn’t a huge second row. With the benefit of hindsight leaving all the biggest units of Attwood, Garvey and Kohn at home and also bringing 3 small hookers may not have been the best selection mix.

      1. Very apt points matt.

        you dont come to SA with a small pack. you come with big hard street fighters!

        i assume alll of the england squad watched the 97 lions tour DVD as prep!

        how has kitchener got on? ive always thought hes got the size and footballing skills to be top draw?

        1. This is when we could really use Courtney Lawes. Eats half-backs for breakfast (for reference type ‘Courtney Lawes Morgan Parra’ into google) and has the edge we need against a team like the Springboks.

          England lack an enforcer at the moment – someone of the Martin Johnson/Wade Dooley/Tim Rodber/Mike Teague mould who just scare the crap out of their opponents for being bloody tough.

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