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    Default 6 Nations review.

    (Based on Reports and opinions I respect)

    Wales B+

    At times very, very good (Ireland 80 mins, England 40 mins, Scotland 40 mins, Italy in patches, France 40 mins)

    England C-

    So much in terms of talent but something seiously wrong as bot hthe Wales and Scotland games showed.. T obe celebrating getting out of jail after being 31-0 in the lead speaks volumes. Yet they "prison shamed" Ireland)

    Ireland D-

    Twise they were were challenged and twice found wanting. They won the games they hould have won wit htheir eyes closed and were never in the big ones. Sexton a petulant little boy. Big questions. Have they peaked too early?

    France E

    What on earth can you say. Simply terrible for the former giants. Sides are not even bullied by them anymore.

    Scotland D

    There is "something" there but a lot of work to do.I'm just not sure what that "sometihing" is. Time will tell.

    Italy D (for effort)

    THey keep coming back but they just a lacking so much. Unlucky against France and to a degree against Wales. I wonder how much is belief?

    Over all NOT a vintage Tournament. Entertaining in parts (England Vs Scotland seems to have been worth watching)

    Wales' Slam? You can only win 5 games out of 5. A slam is always "vintage" and deserved. You can only beat what is infront of you.

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    Broadly agree Mark. I cannot understand how England continue to lose games they should win. They clearly have the physical fitness, but they seem to be massively lacking in mental fitness. The way they imploded against Wales and then coughed up a huge lead to Scotland - although that is not to take anything away from the efforts of Scotland - make me very concerned for the RWC.

    Wales was a tough game, but they looked like rabbits dazzled in headlights. Scotland should have been put to the sword and yet after the first Scotland try - from an OF intercept - the wobbles started and the confidence got on the first available bus down the Richmond Road.

    France were dire the whole tournament, and this is - I suspect - a result of the way the game is played in the French leagues. Poor fitness and intensity.

    Italy must be applauded for their endeavour, but perhaps the time is right for a relegation play off to the Tier 2 championship.
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    Its easy to understand how England lost to Wales and drew with Scotland, they stopped doing what they did in the 1st half, and just kicked the ball away every time they had it in the 2nd half. Maybe Eddie should look at the England Ladies game and how they just kepp running the ball

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    I don't think they will ever replace Italy with Georgia .... who want to swap a spring day in Rome with grim winter in Tiblisi

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    I'm summit on the Italy thing. Im not convinced swapping them for a team they've beaten in their two encounters will improve matters. But he wise can gets her better.

    And be careful what you wish for... Wrt a team other than outlay ending up bottom....

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    Scotland has a shallow bench.

    We lost Hogg, Huw Jones, and the first (and most of the second choice) back row. A couple of matches without the front row of choice...

    We simply don't have enough in depth to go a whole tournament with that kind of attrition.

    When we were good, we were pretty good. When we were bad...oy!
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    I think Owen Farrell is an exceptional player, but lacks something as captain. When the game plan works England are awesome, but when it falters they look lost in a way they never did under Hartley or Johnson. Compare with Alun Wyn Jones, who's a presence on the field above and beyond his play.

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    OF is not a capatin - indeed, witness second halves v wales and scotland.

    Its all down to EJs capatincy concepts/thoughts ulti,mately though

    presuming hartley has had his day, who then steps (hypothetically) into that role? Launchbury? Kruise? Itoje?

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    I think Itoje is a bit young although definitely a candidate long-term. Launch didn't have a great 6N and Kruis doesn't seem very fiery. The front row are also fairly green, although Mako might be an option. What about Wilson?

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    Youve hit the nail on the head really Rich - I don;t think any of them are capraincy material. mako? Nope. FRs will get subbed off at some timne whatever and that deosn't make for good continuity (IMO). Id alos personally prefer someone who is "definite" on the team sheet so TBH launchbury and Kruis aren't in that bracket. Though Id disagree that a skipper has to be fiery, FWTW. That leavs the back rowers and wilson isn;t stanbding out to be skipper and is relatively inexperienced still. So that brings us to the back line. Nobody! Ford maybe?

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