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    Only saw a bit of the game on youtube; didn't NZ play with 14 for a large part of the game?
    'Empty war chest'?? We'd all love to have NZ's empty war chest, and the bookies don't seem to think they have a problem, but whatever, I'm pleased for OZ to have put them away when they had the opportunity.

    Wales today, I'm pretty sure, will be confirmed to be at the top of our tree. I don't see much threat from the team Jones has selected but I do see a Welsh side that will defend their line as if it was the RWC Final.
    I hope not given England's fragility, but I can see Wales run away to a 12 plus points win although the spread betters don't see it that way at all. I'm surprised.
    Have to wait for BBC highlights this evening to watch.
    Anyone watch Ireland yesterday? I whizzed through the recording and it didn't look great, and maybe tough on Carberry; looked like a difficult injury.

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    I’m slightly surprised with 4 warm up games to the WC that Jones is suddenly parachuting Heinz into the team... no problem with him as a player, he was excellent in the prem last season, but it’s as though the WC has suddenly sneaked up on Jones rather than the 4 year build up he has actually had... worrying

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    Yes, the Aussies have had a rough ride for 2 seasons, hopefully things will improve. They have bought back some old faces and their experience really showed - Beale especially was quick to see openings and took them.

    SA are also going to be a force, but they have possibly too much catch up to do in the short time without the benefit of too many competitive games left before RWC, under the new management and selection method change, which has transformed them.
    Matches with them will be brutal, so possibly not so much the threat of them winning, but that of injuries to opposing players, potentially weakening those sides. They are a bit of a wrecking ball...


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    Quote Originally Posted by boisker View Post
    I’m slightly surprised with 4 warm up games to the WC that Jones is suddenly parachuting Heinz into the team... no problem with him as a player, he was excellent in the prem last season, but it’s as though the WC has suddenly sneaked up on Jones rather than the 4 year build up he has actually had... worrying
    Good way of describing Jones' 'preparation'.
    3 injuries just announced although the backs don't look weaker because of them but a bit of an unknown with the N'ton back rower, Ludlum, coming in.
    Heinz is a good 9 but is Jones going to select Benson and Hedges next from his notes on the used fag packet?
    Wales will feel confident today, I'm fearing a right going over.

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    Looking forward to this, 15 on the trot? Off fishing so it's the commentary on Radio Wales from 1 o' clock for me BBC Radio Wales - Radio Wales Sport, Rugby World Cup Warm-Up: England v Wales
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    As always, England will be hard to beat at Twickenham even for a near full strength Wales. Hard for both teams after a long lay off. Should be a good game though.

    Not sure what to make of the Championship games. NZ are making uncharactistic mistakes, Australia were poor in South Africa but their pack did really well yesterday and SA have one of the most powerful packs I've seen for a while and a really good scrum. The opening pool game between NZ and SA will mean both will have to start the WC full on - both will want to win and probably avoid Ireland in the quarters.
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    OK, happy to eat my words with a few returning/new English guys playing very well; Watson, Genge and Ludlum in particular. Wales won't be happy, naturally, but momentum can be re-gained next week.
    Interesting listening to Guscott's comments suggesting a lot of today's England team won't even be on the final squad list of 31 players tomorrow, which begs the question; why have a warm-up game with players who don't need to be warmed up?
    Anscombe didn't look good when he limped off and as always against Wales, England looked like 2 or 3 had taken hard knocks too.
    Well done England; a good win against a good side. I for one am very pleasantly happy albeit surprised.

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    Yes Del, a good win and a number of England players looking strong. Wales were 14 points down before waking up (usual slow start) and the set piece was awful. Four "warm up" games are going to be attritional. There were a few good moments, but in the main a disapointing performance from a Welsh perspective. Let's see if we can pick things up next week.
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    It will be interesting to see what team Jones picks... bad day in the office for Wales, picked a strong team and lost, Id put money on Jones still not picking his strongest starting 15 for the return in Wales..
    Not sure what I think is the best option-
    pick his strongest 15 and try and get the away win, which would be a huge step forward
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    Pick a more experimental side, like today, and not risk reducing the morale of the likely WC starting 15...
    Psychologically its a big decision

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    Matt, you are of course assuming Jones knows his strongest 15

    Given that he's going to name his 31 tomorrow, I think he'll not risk some players. England have plenty of depth to choose from. Gatland will not want to lose 2 in a row before meeting Ireland and will likely pick his best available 15. These warm up games are tricky to get right.
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