Sunday, 22 March 2009


Well Done to Ireland in claiming there first Grand Slam since 1948. It was nice of Wales to gift them the title at the end as there was no way Stephen Jones had the range to make that kick whereas Gavin Henson specialises in the long range penalty. I am not saying he would have made it but he would have got a lot closer. In Brian O'Driscoll they have the outstanding player in the tournament and he was the difference between the teams in at least three of their matches.

Well Done to England as well for coming second. Top points scored, meanest defence and most tries scored. It took them a while to realise that under the new ELV's they had to adapt their style and it looks to be paying off. I would like to see England v Ireland now that England have worked out the best tactics to play. In this respect I feel that England were behind Wales and Ireland which only have four main teams to pick from meaning it takes less time to gel. Next year England have Ireland and Wales at home but have to go away to France and Scotland (tough if it is wet and windy).

Team for the Lions

Tighthead: Euan Murray
Hooker: Lee Meers
Loosehead: Marcus Horan

Second Row: O'Connell
Second Row: Wynn Jones

Flanker: Croft
Flanker: Worsley

No. 8: Jamie Heaslip

Scrum Half: Mike Blair
Fly Half: Toby Flood

Direct Centre: Mike Tindall
Skillful Centre: Brian O'Driscoll

Winger: Mark Cueto
Winger: Tommy Bowe

Full Back: Delon Armitage

Not 100% happy especially in the front row where you need quality scrummagers to take on South Africa and the area that all the teams have been fairly weak in is the scrum.

PS Spell check of O'Driscoll came up with tricycle??

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