The Autumn Internationals are now just a month away, and our various scouts have been out and about again as form becomes even more important.
Having been dropped by Bryan Redpath a couple of weeks ago, Tindall has responded in emphatic fashion, suggesting that he needed that kick up the backside. Since then he’s been a star of Gloucester’s midfield, not just tackling well but also getting up like a flanker to compete for the ball at the breakdown. He’s also made a couple of good breaks in attack, and has made a very strong case for an England starting berth.
Another England stalwart that is finding form in a timely fashion. We’ve always been a fan of his offloading ability, and he’s been adding a dynamic edge to his game, running threatening lines in attack and always making yards over the gainline. Has offered Quins a strong lineout option at the back, and Johnno could consider playing him at second row – he’d hate it, but it might make for a mobile back five.
Did not deserve to be on the losing side for the Scarlets against the Ospreys after a dominant first-half display. Kicked all 18 points and ran the game effectively to demonstrate that he still deserves to be a part of Warren Gatland’s side over the next 12 months.
Despite being the top try scorer in the Magners League in 08/09 season and 4th top try scorer in 09/10, Carr is yet to make his senior debut. The Connacht winger bagged a hat-trick of tries against the Scarlets two weeks ago, and brings his season total to 4. Carr offers pace that is unmatched in the senior setup, he has a fantastic step, and is a natural finisher. Thursday night’s game saw him matched up with Leigh Halfpenny and Carr seemed to have the edge on him. Declan Kidney will have to sit up and take notice this Autumn.
The Leinster flanker had a storming man-of-the-match performance on Saturday night at Lansdowne road and was the stand-out player in the Leinster pack. His probing run on the blindside and sublime offload to Brian O’Driscoll in the 70th minute set up the winning try. O’Brien’s form is even more remarkable since he missed most of last season with a broken leg. If O’Brien can maintain this performance he will definitely be in Kidney’s plans for the Autumn internationals and potentially a spot on the plane to New Zealand in September.
Thanks to Conor Buckley, this week’s Irish scout