Joe Simpson keen to develop with the help of Bracken

Underused at the Rugby World Cup, Joe Simpson has found himself battling with Ben Youngs, Danny Care and Richard Wigglesworth during his brief interaction with the England squad so far. The general consensus was that whilst blessed with a superb turn of pace, Simpson’s general passing and kicking games were not yet up to scratch in comparison to his rivals for the shirt.

Now back at London Wasps, Simpson is keen to address this, and has enlisted the help of former England scrum-half Kyran Bracken to help improve his game. Below he speaks to The Rugby Blog’s Nick Heath on training, being back at Wasps, and this weekend’s game against Bayonne.

4 thoughts on “Joe Simpson keen to develop with the help of Bracken

  1. From what I have seen of him at Wasps his passing is very under rated, I think he is as good as anything England has right now in that department.

    Given his speed and his ability to stand out behind a beaten pack, I think he really should be given more of a chance. Any time the English pack hasn’t been 100% dominant Youngs has gone missing – he is too used to it at club and country level (I am sure he will get better at that in time). Simpson on the other hand has had to survive behind a repeatedly retreating Wasps pack (especially last season) and has looked top class doing it.

  2. Whilst Wasps pack may be struggling at present, Joe Simpson has come through the ranks at a time when Wasps were still dominant up-front so he has a similar problem to Ben Youngs, learning how to cope behind a retreating pack. Danny Care has had 6 seasons with Leeds & Quins playing behind packs that have been lucky to achieve parity – he has had the necessary grounding to cope with struggling England packs. Quins may be winning games at present but they are still struggling on the possession & territory stats – it’s all about what you do with the ball you get.

    Just look at the Wasps v Quins game last Sunday – Quins 3rd try came from a cross-kick from Care, no other English scrum-half possesses the skills to pull that off.

    I suspect Simpson will be desperately hoping that Stuart Lancaster does NOT get the England caretaker job for the 6 Nations after last season’s Saxons games, particularly the disastrous game in Belfast against Ireland. I suspect Leed Dickson may have jumped ahead of him in the England pecking order.

  3. Simpson is number 1. As for his passing, he holds the record for the quickest ever pass! Care takes 5 steps before he passes, I have no idea why wighlesworth is even considered by England. As for Dickson being ahead of Simpson, that’s just ridiculous.

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