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Rugby League: England spoilt for choice [Oct. 21st, 2009|04:57 pm]
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There is no guaranteed right answer to the question of how to fit three outstanding young half-back prospects into the England side for the Four Nations.

It is ironic that at a time when we are so short of talent in other areas we are spoilt for choice in the most important positions of all.

Given that Danny McGuire is the senior man at the front of the queue, there is simply no way of fitting Sam Tomkins, Kyle Eastmond and Richard Myler into the 17.

The solution Tony Smith has come up with is to start with Myler, put Eastmond on the bench and leave out Tomkins altogether. It is not what I would have done, if - god forbid - it had been my responsibility.

I'd have to have Tomkins in the 17, because he has the knack of scoring tries out of nothing. Against Australia and New Zealand, I have the feeling that is what we are going to need.

And yet I can see the arguments for doing it the other way. Each of the three offers different things - in Myler's case the more classical scrum-half game, in Eastmond's the bustling power and pace that recalls a young Jason Robinson.

It truly is an embarrassment of riches. If only that could be said for the rest of the side.

From: snotcricket
2009-10-21 08:35 pm (UTC)

Sit there

The bench looks light, might be enough for Le Frogs, but t'other two??
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