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    How long does Eliot Daly have in him?
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    There's a name I sort of thought about to be fair. But I'm not convinced captaining from full back "works". But that to be fair again is just my own un-defendable in built bias.

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    I'm still not convinced he should be on the pitch to be honest, thought he was poor defensively and particularly 'wow' in attack, seems others see something in him though.

    Realistically Farrell is the best placed and most experienced regular, but can't shoulder all that responsibility himself (has his own issues to deal with still too), so if we're doing co-captains then maybe someone like Wilson, or Itjoe to shoulder some of that. Or in the case of Saturday give the whole squad a 'wake the #### up' 20 minutes in to the second half!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flish View Post
    Or in the case of Saturday give the whole squad a 'wake the #### up' 20 minutes in to the second half!
    quite.

    which comes down to EJ, or assistant coaches surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by didds View Post
    There's a name I sort of thought about to be fair. But I'm not convinced captaining from full back "works". But that to be fair again is just my own un-defendable in built bias.

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    Gavin Hastings? Andy Irvine? Tom Kiernan? Percy Montgomery?

    It isn't the position, it's whether the skipper can actually...lead
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    Speaking as a back (long retired), however frustrating at the time, at some point you need the pack leader to take charge and decided that for the next 10 minutes this ball is going nowhere. Farrell is an outstanding fly half but I don’t see anyone in the pack with equivalent gravitas and that doesn’t make for good decision making. Whilst watching England in full flow is fabulous, poor decision making has been a factor for some time now. I see lots of talented athletes who can express themselves when required but I see few rugby players who can adapt. The great sides have obvious leaders and I don’t see anyone who is better than primus inter pares in the current England team

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jz558 View Post
    Speaking as a back (long retired), however frustrating at the time, at some point you need the pack leader to take charge and decided that for the next 10 minutes this ball is going nowhere. Farrell is an outstanding fly half but I don’t see anyone in the pack with equivalent gravitas and that doesn’t make for good decision making. Whilst watching England in full flow is fabulous, poor decision making has been a factor for some time now. I see lots of talented athletes who can express themselves when required but I see few rugby players who can adapt. The great sides have obvious leaders and I don’t see anyone who is better than primus inter pares in the current England team
    Martin Johnson. World Cup. Taking it on the extra few yards to make sure that Wilkinson was close enough. Leadership.
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    Quote Originally Posted by didds View Post
    quite.

    which comes down to EJ, or assistant coaches surely?

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    To a point yes, but there was a thread elsewhere (possibly rugbypass) talking about the lack of leaders we have on pitch, not just captains, but senior players who work as that leadership team - we don't have that, and it's needed, because if the captain is having an off game then someone needs to step in

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    The problem, I am hearing, with England seems to be that Farrell is going "AWOL" for periods in a lot of games. His temperament is doubtful and, fine player he maybe (when on song), he is prone to "losing the plot both discipline and ability wise. Compare to MJ who seemed to be very like Alan-Wyn, a player who consistently is is "up there". England need a captain who is "Mr Reliable". Surely amongst the many players at Eddie's disposal there must be a more reliable option than OF.

    A fully firing England will be the best bet amongst the NH countries to rest the trophy away from the All Blacks.But they need to "man up" when the challenge comes on.

    Wales will man up but I'm not sure they have the game plan to trouble the All Blacks.

    Ireland may have peaked a year to early.

    The other NH sides can, I feel, be discounted come Japan.

    But time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSmith View Post
    Martin Johnson. World Cup. Taking it on the extra few yards to make sure that Wilkinson was close enough. Leadership.
    My (imperfect) memory says it was because Dawson was stuck in the ruck so it was necessary to free him first. However I certainly agree about Johnson's captaincy.
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