England team to face SA Southern Barbarians

Stuart Lancaster has named the following midweek side to take on the SA Barbarians on Wednesday afternoon.

After Saturday’s first Test, this fixture offers a good opportunity to see some of the alternative options in action for England.

England (v SA Southern Barbarians, GWK Park, 1500 SA, live on Sky Sports HD)
15 Alex Goode (Saracens)
14 David Strettle (Saracens)
13 Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
12 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
11 Christian Wade (London Wasps)
10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins)
1 Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
2 Joe Gray (Harlequins)
3 Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
4 Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
5 George Robson (capt, Harlequins)
6 James Haskell (Otago Highlanders)
7 Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby)
8 Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
17 Rupert Harden (Gloucester Rugby)
18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
19 Jamie Gibson (London Irish)
20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
21 George Lowe (Harlequins)
22 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)

13 thoughts on “England team to face SA Southern Barbarians

  1. Jonathan Joseph’s absence suggests he’ll be playing at the weekend.

    Big opportunity for Care, Haskell, Strettle and Wade to push for Test selection. Not sure any of the others can force their way in realistically.

    1. And Goode! With Brown injured Goode could be the answer if Lancaster wants to keep Foden on the wing. Goode is an excellent runner in open play and is a good tactical kicker.

        1. Is there a possibility that Robson could push for a start? He has a bit more bulk than Botha and Parling.

          1. Dazza,
            I think you are right England need as much grunt as they can get but Parling is the line-out merchant espcially now we are without Croft and Wood – he is vital for that specific reason (hence why he played the full 80!)

  2. Come on lads let’s keep the concentration going in the second half and focus on total wipe out

  3. I havent seen enough of Jonathan Joseph to know,but is he a decent defender and is he physical enough to face the boks centres?

  4. have to say, in terms of ball carrying that is a huge back row, could get danny care some real go forward ball and he is awesome with that, could easily play himself into a shirt if those 3 carry well

    1. That is a huge back row, and not short of pace either. Only Haskell or Waldrom could claim a spot for the second test, as Morgan didn’t seem completely fit to me.

  5. I wouldn’t mind seeing Waldron in for Morgan if a change is to be made however I prefer Morgan at the moment.

    Both Allen and Turner-hall playing seems to suggest that it will be Farrel and Manu on the weekend, I wish he would play Joseph but I can’t see it, I really hope I’m surprised. I don’t like Farrel at 12, he could be a great fly-half in the future but he will never be a 12, no penitration.

    Care is going to have to play a blinder to be in with a shout, I reckon Youngs will get another bash, Lancaster likes to build confidence in his players and I don’t think all the box kicking was his fault, I think the coaches ordered him to do it. With Flood he will be more comfortable. I thought his decision making was ok, just execution was terrible in the first game.

    England don’t need more Bulk, they need to play their own game, we will not out power the boks, it is pointless getting involved in that game. We need to move their big forwards around and run the legs out of them. Contact needs to be made two passes away from the breakdown, the point of attack needs to be changed frequently. Much like Wales do, move them side to side for at least 10 phases and rely on your fitness.

    I think it will be even more interesting than the first game.

  6. excited to see haskell back in an england shirt. Hope he gives a good account of himself he was awesome 2011 6 nations

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