Poll: Flood or Wilkinson for England?

The news that Toby Flood will return from injury for Leicester this weekend was met with great cheer, not just by Tigers fans, but also by England followers with one eye on New Zealand in a few weeks’ time.

There has been some debate on Twitter in the last day or so, and we’re interested in your thoughts as to which of the two should start at 10. Take the poll and then leave a comment below with your rationale.

Flood or Wilkinson for England?

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17 thoughts on “Poll: Flood or Wilkinson for England?

  1. Wilko defintiely deserves the chance to start – he’s the one whose been playing rugby and not out injured, and he’s been playing fantastic – just got to hope that Johnno and the EPS coaches don’t try and tell him how to play and we should be fine!

  2. I tend to agree with that Tommy – leaning towards Wilkinson at the moment. Flood has four games to prove that he’s fit and playing well, but I’d be inclined to start with Jonny against the Kiwis and see how he gets on.

    Defensively, I’d have more faith in Jonny, and like it or not, that’s a major factor against the All Blacks.

  3. PowickE – at least we have two pretty good options, which is better than it has been. Anyone remember Andy Farrell at 10 in RWC 07??

  4. Definitely Flood for me, especially if his club mate Youngs is at 9. I thought Wilkinson looked poor for most of the ospreys match, but all the headlines are about him putting Sackey into space. The England backline always looks more threatening whenever Flood plays. Ok he’ll only have a few games to prove his fitness but I’d say let’s see how he gets on. Wilko is far too predictable in attack and Toulon looked quite poor as a result.

  5. Jonny for me. Though obviously Lamb is playing the best rugby at 10 so far this season! (Don’t take that last bit seriously.)

  6. The Youngs / Flood partnership is an interesting point, and could make a difference – only if Flood has four brilliant games though.

    I’d still feel slightly more confident with Jonny there though.

    Lamb and Walder coming through behind them – if they all stay fit, there should be some good competition for places in the RWC squad.

  7. Jonny’s past it and Flood’s never been it. Why persist with these two when we should be developing new talent? We’re obviously not going to win these games and wouldn’t learn anything new even if we did.

    The Autumn Internationals are the time to try new things in the lead-up to the World Cup.

  8. Who would you pick Tim? In my view, there are other positions in which England can give new players experience (I’m thinking Dowson, Lawes, maybe Marler), but a Test against the All Blacks isn’t the time to throw in a rookie fly half – particularly when Jonny is fit and as dependable as ever.

  9. I think the time for developing new fly halves is 2012 onwards. I’m glad Johnson’s resisted the urge to chop and change for the latest flavours of the month all the time like Robinson/Ashton used to. A year out from the world cup it should be about getting our core team playing well.

    I’d say let’s give Flood and Youngs all 4 games together and see how they get on. Wilko off the bench to close the game out if we’re winning or knock over a few DGs in the last 20 minutes to maybe win a match. Assuming Flood looks good in the 3 games obv

  10. “I thought Wilkinson looked poor for most of the ospreys match” – just like to point out that that was Wilko’s 9th full game in 8 weeks. The bloke is shatttered. Wilko has been playing great rugby down at Toulon and if he can continue it for England then we’ll be fine. Personally, I don’t think “who should play at fly half” is our biggest concern, but yet who should play in the centres. For me, the only one that has actually stood out this season so far is Barritt. Hape, Tindall, Waldouck, Flutey and even Barkley have all looked average. So far this season, the following are who I believe deserve to be given a chance during the AI’s

    1. Sheridan
    2. Hartley
    3. Cole
    4. Lawes
    5. Kennedy
    6. Robshaw
    7. Moody
    8. Dowson
    9. Youngs
    10. Wilko
    11. Strettle
    12. Barritt
    13. Tindall
    14. Ashton
    15. Foden

  11. i prefer flood actually.
    not least because he plays with Youngs every week and Youngs will probably be our no 9 for the next 10 years.

    But sadly hes been injured and will lack match sharpness, so MJ will go for Jonny.

    There isnt anyone else around really who has their hand up.

  12. Seen Johnny vs Castres and Ospreys and am wondering why is he is getting these rave reviews. He’s doing well, but not at the level he used to. His defence especially is no longer the powerhouse it used to be.

    In attack he looks to vary it a bit more, but has a tendency to go back into this shell when pressured – as he will be at international level. IF Flood can prove fitness and form in the next 4 games he is the best bet, if not then Johnny is a fine replacement, but still not the player he once was.

  13. I just caught the second half of the Toulon – Munster match and Wilkinson didn’t look great. He’s got an accurate pass but didn’t seem to be marshalling the attacks very well. Toulon looked very ragged because of it.

  14. Have to go for Jonny. I imagine the visitors would strongly prefer Flood or anyone else other than Jonny. As others have said though, neither instill a great deal of confidence. A lot will depend on the forward battle – both would look pretty good with the right platform, and both would look crap without it.

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