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Offline nigel

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2820 on: January 20, 2020, 09:47:33 PM »
Yes, Iím surprised Simmonds isnít in the squad.

Online paul_e

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2821 on: January 20, 2020, 10:55:56 PM »
Yes, Iím surprised Simmonds isnít in the squad.

It's based purely on his size, which is a shame because his pace, running power and technical ability is superb, he's just not got the bulk of someone like Billy V and you wouldn't want him to add it. For me picking him gives you, effectively, a 3rd centre and allows you to switch to a much more expansive game. He wouldn't be right to start against everyone, sometimes you need to the extra weight in the scrum, but off the bench after 50 minutes he'd be incredibly dangerous and against sides like scotland, australia and new zealand, who try to get the tempo up, he'd be the perfect choice to counter them and provide the 'spare' man.

Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2822 on: Today at 12:18:53 AM »
Size wasn't a problem for Neil Back!

Online paul_e

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2823 on: Today at 11:07:38 AM »
Size wasn't a problem for Neil Back!

It shouldn't really be a problem for anyone but Jones likes his big ball carriers, It's a shame because Simmonds is a better player than any of our other back rows (in terms of pure technical ability).