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  • Stringer9
    started a topic Time to change? Build for the future.

    Time to change? Build for the future.

    Am I the only one who would like to see changes for the next game. I'm not talking about whole changes 1-15, but changes. Take chances, trust the young players to do the job.
    The Grand Slam is gone, so it's a numbers game now and it's not exactly what anyone wanted.
    Don't treat it like a friendly and change the entire team but players who deserve a go, while keeping the majority of players in the team.
    Take a chance..

    Maybe give Zebo a go, put Marmion on the bench, maybe give Sexton a break, he was either very poor or he was concussed either of which suggests a break might help. I think we're lacking in our back up 10 and it's worrying to think how much trouble we'd be in if Sexton (God forbid) got injured.

    I think that swapping out a couple of players, while keeping the core of the team as it is, but give chances to a few players that deserve it, but usually would have to wait for injuries or meaningless games. I think it would send a good message to the players, that they're trusted at this level when something is at stake.

    We saw two teams play on the weekend, one we expect will challenge for the world cup and we expect the other won't. And for me, I can't understand why we're the latter. I'd like to think that we've a better chance than we are giving ourselves. But to do this we need to take chances, broaden our horizons.

    I think we've a couple of young players who can make the difference and next season we could have a really exciting team, but I'm worried it'll be too close to the world cup for them to be given a proper chance and we'll stay with our safe choices. These guys have potential they just need to be trusted. Every other team seems to trust their young players except us. We are determined to stick with same old same old, until we are forced to make a change.

    I'm not for making panic changes, but there is something to be said for sensible changes here and there, that will help us going forward.
    I do think that a couple of brave changes for Italy would go a long way towards helping build this team, showing that we trust and have confidence in some of the younger guys.
    At this state I don't think it would harm us and just keep a strong core of the starting players, which honestly should be good enough to beat Italy anyway.

    I think now would be the perfect time to give a few of the other players ago.
    Or am I alone in this thinking?
    Last edited by Stringer9; 23rd-February-2014, 22:01.

  • Aussiedub
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    Originally posted by sewa View Post
    Marler was all over him in scrum. Plus he can barely walk around the pitch at this stage
    So he was tighthead in a dominant scrum, was one of the top tacklers in the team and yet you think he was beaten in the scrum and did nothing around the park....

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  • whimpersnap
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    Originally posted by Reus View Post
    Ross was looking pretty dominant on Saturday.
    Most tackles outside the back row too.

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  • sewa
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    Originally posted by Reus View Post
    Ross was looking pretty dominant on Saturday.
    Marler was all over him in scrum. Plus he can barely walk around the pitch at this stage

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  • Aussiedub
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    Originally posted by sewa View Post
    We should have blooded them during the Autumn internationals but Joe chose not to. Still only 1 win from 3 in that series.
    you mean like giving caps to Archer, McGrath, Henshaw, Kearney, Fitzpatrick and also giving Marshall, Jackson and Madigan game time...

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  • Reus
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    Originally posted by sewa View Post
    Ross, Darcy, BOD too old, too slow. A dominant tighthead and a pair of centres would give us an extra edge we could build off. We have the wings if he picks them for their flair rather than their error count
    Ross was looking pretty dominant on Saturday.

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  • outside inside
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    Originally posted by Reus View Post
    We've been blooding players left, right and centre post-2009. We have options everywhere aside from 10 and 13, the strength of our wolfhounds team this year was ridiculous and all our provinces are running riot with those left behind from the extended squad. We don't need more depth or cover, we need to focus on the strength of the team we intend to take to the field.
    Agree 100% look after those with knocks POM, BOD etc but keep changes to the starting side to a minimum . There is scope to look at the bench and bring them on earlier but only when the match is won . We need a good points difference from this match . We have a great chance at winning a championship a big win over Italy would send the team to Paris in great spirits and with silverware in sight .

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  • sewa
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    Ross, Darcy, BOD too old, too slow. A dominant tighthead and a pair of centres would give us an extra edge we could build off. We have the wings if he picks them for their flair rather than their error count

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  • Reus
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    We've been blooding players left, right and centre post-2009. We have options everywhere aside from 10 and 13, the strength of our wolfhounds team this year was ridiculous and all our provinces are running riot with those left behind from the extended squad. We don't need more depth or cover, we need to focus on the strength of the team we intend to take to the field.

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by sewa View Post
    We should have blooded them during the Autumn internationals but Joe chose not to. Still only 1 win from 3 in that series.
    Now Sewa, you know as well as I do that tis all but a learning curve and that what goes up must come down

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  • sewa
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    We should have blooded them during the Autumn internationals but Joe chose not to. Still only 1 win from 3 in that series.

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  • Aussiedub
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    Last season we blooded players through injury etc and lost to Scotland/Italy/England and now people want to repeat that??

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  • sewa
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    Originally posted by Ron Swanson View Post
    Exactly - you'd swear we were winning the championship every season FFS
    Nice effort, you sound pretty convincing

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  • Ron Swanson
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    Originally posted by Reus View Post
    I'd like to see us win the tournament we're in
    Exactly - you'd swear we were winning the championship every season FFS

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  • Balla Boy
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    Originally posted by Reus View Post
    The answer is zero because such nonsense isn't in the dictionary for winners.
    Where do I get a copy of that then? Can I get a live reading from a Californian with a head mic while we all whoop and shout YEAH!! at all?

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