International Scout Notes – 19th Dec

Eli Walker

Eli Walker
Whilst the Six Nations may come a bit too soon, the 20 year old Ospreys winger is definitely worth a mention. The youngster secured a much needed win over Toulouse with a superb individual effort, lifting not only for his team but for Welsh Rugby itself which has been going through a worrying phase. It was a victory that left a flicker of hope in the Ospreys’ chances of qualifying, whilst providing a genuine reminder that Wales will be a force when the Six Nations rolls around – especially with the rousing return of the much missed Adam Jones.

Johnnie Beattie
British rugby players plying their trade in France are often subjected to a mixed response. This is often borne out of frustration that they aren’t at home doing what they do best. One such player is Johnnie Beattie, who is viewing his time at Montpellier as, “the perfect springboard to get back into the Scottish set-up”. The number 8 did no harm to his chances of playing in the Six Nations with a solid, try-scoring performance. The 26 year old dropped out of the Glasgow team following a number of serious and niggling injuries, followed by a loss in form, but this “fresh start” may well be the perfect tonic in terms of rejuvenating and recapturing the form that saw him in the international side.

George Ford
The Autumn Internationals came too soon for young George Ford. However, Flood’s understudy at Leicester is certainly building on some consistent performances and displaying a cool head that belies his 19 years – another assured performance at the weekend against Treviso that saw Leicester top the group is testament to this. Playing with the likes of Tuilagi, the Youngs brothers and Dan Cole will undoubtedly help his bid to be in the frame for selection for the Six Nations, but with Freddie Burns and Owen Farrell for competition he will have to show something extra special in the coming months.

By Jono Frank

11 thoughts on “International Scout Notes – 19th Dec

  1. Jamie Elliot? Has been outstanding for Northampton, very young guy but defended like Lewis Moody against Ulster and incredibly brave in attack and under the high ball. Tough nut too – he bounced Johann Muller and broke his arm with his head!

  2. Paul Dorran jones, solid at the scrum and in the loose, not a starter but would be a great option on the bench for England.

    1. Which side does Doran-Jones play on? I originally thought he was a loose-head, but does he play both?

      On the loose head side, he is beneath Corbs, Vunipola and Marler so he probably won’t get a look in. May be a better option that David Wilson on the tight head side?

    2. Not convinced by PDJ. Don’t think he is good enough for England at the current time. I can’t remember how old he is, but I have a feeling that he is still young in prop terms so his time may come. Definitely not a fan of Wilson, who only seems to be able to scrummage and nothing else. Surely there must be a better option out there although I’m not sure who. (Get my tight and loose heads mixed up, so am never sure who plays on which side!)

      1. Tight head really is a bit of an issue for England. Beyond Cole who else can step in?

        Wilson can hold up a scrum but that seems to be it. PDJ can play both sides but is not there yet and may not ever make it.

        I cannot think of anyone else off-hand

        1. Yes we are well covered on the loose head side, but beyond Cole on the other side we are short. Wilson does nothing wrong but it would be nice to think there is more out there! Maybe no PDJ? I can’t think of anyone else off of the top of my head?

  3. Had a quick look at the RFU site for the Saxons team

    The props I don’t know much about in the team are Nathan Catt and Henry Thomas

    Can anyone enlighten me as to which side they play and how they are doing?

    1. Henry Thomas is a Tight-head and is a very exciting prospect, although still only young.

      Doran-Jones always appears a little lightweight for a TH to me, though he does seem to hold his own in the scrums.

      I agree that we seem light on the TH side, but there is still Jason Hobson at Bristol who has been out injured for some time, and I believe still in his 20’s. He has played for England and is certainly considered one of the best TH’s in the Championship.

      It seems that the likes of Vickery, White and Bell all disappeared at roughly the same time. Before that there were Leonard, Crompton, Garforth etc so compared to years gone by we do seem very short.

      1. Thanks Blub, tighthead must be a concern for England, and its good to know that there are at least a couple coming through.

        They really are worth their weight in gold. And that’s quite a lot of gold

  4. George Ford is certainly a great prospect but when I have watched him his kicking for goal has not been of international standard and needs work. His game management and passing is outstanding though and hopefully as he matures phsically his tackling will improve.

  5. Thought PD-J looked a little undercooked when he came on in SA. Very disappointing as he’d looked ok in the Premiership but like so many the step up in intensity and physicality was too much against a side like SA.

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