England team to face Scotland

Martin Johnson has named an unchanged side to play Scotland from the one that played an impressive half of rugby against France last week.

As expected, Johnno hasn’t changed the winning formula. He didn’t change a losing formula too dramatically, so this team really is no surprise.

England: D Armitage (London Irish); U Monye (Harlequins), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), T Croft (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), N Kennedy (London Irish), D Care (Harlequins), A Goode (Brive), M Tait (Sale Sharks).

7 thoughts on “England team to face Scotland

  1. Would’ve liked to have seen Foden on the bench this week after another cracking performance at the weekend. Still, good luck to the boys – they played well and they deserved to keep their places (apart from Goode perhaps!)

  2. Separate subject, but Ian McGeechan is prone to pulling a few surprise picks for Lions tours. Who do you reckon may be included, who hasn’t played a part in this 6 Nations?

    I reckon Simpson-Daniel should get a nod (Kemlo I know you’ll appreciate that one!)

  3. ..and you’d be bloody right too Justin! If Simpson-Daniel can just stay injury free for a while it would help though.

    In general, I applaud Johnno’s consistency in selection and his overwhelming desire to win. However, moving forwards, should a comfortable win be achieved against Scotland, there then needs to also be a progression in selection.

    Firstly, once a solid base has been achieved, introducing players like Cipriani is made easier but secondly players need to be kept on their toes to avoid complacency about their places.

    Even then I’d still like to have seen Cipriani and Foden on the bench for this week-end. Those players can turn a game if need be. Also I thought Shawsy had a very mixed game and Kennedy has still not warranted being dropped. Still, as Jonno has being saying, it is going to take a while this one.

  4. I can’t say I was surprised by any of the selections, but like most here, would have preferred to see Kennedy, Tait, Foden and Cipriani given a chance. All four would be on my starting XV anyway, but in this instance Shaw, Tindall, Ellis and Flood had pretty uninspiring games against France.

    When you look at selections for each game in isolation, there have been several very strange decisions. But it’s even more confusing when you look at the 6N as a series. There seem to have been certain players dropped on the basis of one below-par performance, but then when their replacements don’t perform, nothing changes. The four names above seem to be victims of this (Cipriani hasn’t played of course, but the other 10’s have been, let’s face it, poor).

    It’s interesting to interpret the type of player Johnno gravitates to. From a playing style point of view, he seems to favor size and disruptive ability over flair, pace or creativity. And on the personality side, he clearly doesn’t like young, flashy, precocious types, preferring traditional, loyal, humble workhorses. If he was the England football manager Terry Butcher would be captain.

  5. Leftfield selection for Lions ??? Joe Bearman of Dragons wot a season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also Peter Stringer not so leftfield as offbeat.

  6. Peter Stringer looked surprisingly good last week but still not Lions for me.

    Off-topic but who will be scoring all the tries this weekend? French backs? I’ve got about 20 points to make up in a fantasy league and i need all the help i can get.

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