三级成人视频There is nothing wrong with a bit of consistency in selection - unless that selection is consistently wrong. I do not want to be harsh on George Furbank, because I like young talents and he is certainly one of those. But after his first two games for England, I did not think we would see him again in Test rugby.
三级成人视频In the WhatsApp groups I'm part of with commentators from BT Sport, former rugby players, old guys from Orrell and Waterloo, the common theme unfortunately for Furbank on Thursday was the fact that he has been selected. There is a genuine surprise. He is a talented player, but when it comes to increasing the pace of the ball as it is passed down the line, I think Jonny May and Anthony Watson are going to be waiting for Furbank to catch up.
It is a selection which comes down to Eddie Jones being his own man. There has to be another motive to selecting Furbank at full-back, and the only thing I can think of is Jones mentioning that Furbank has the skills to be a fly-half. I don't know whether the argument that Furbank can play No 10 is a red herring, but if it isn't, Jones obviously wants to play a bit like Wasps used to with Danny Cipriani and Willie le Roux, where they effectively had two fly-halves. That can actually work if you play with a super-high tempo and loads of width.
But if this selection is not a stepping stone towards changing how England want to play, and they don't think that Furbank is a 20, 30, 40 or 50-capper, then they have to look for alternatives. It is a huge chance for Furbank to prove everybody wrong.
Personally, I don't know why you cannot start with Ollie Thorley on the wing and move Watson to 15, where he has been brilliant at full-back for Bath. They could have even moved Slade to full-back and started Ollie Lawrence at centre. Maybe Eddie wants to have that experience of May and Watson to help Furbank along in the back-three.
三级成人视频Before his first Test against France in February, I absolutely thought Furbank could be a Test full-back. But he might have been put in a bit too early and it has dented his confidence.
Eddie has obviously seen something in Furbank that the rest of us haven't, and that is his prerogative. He does always tell us that he sees things that the rest of us miss anyway.
When fit, Elliot Daly is England's clear No 1 choice at full-back 三级成人视频for me, but the best option after Daly might be Max Malins. I think he has been excellent for Bristol, plus he covers fly-half. He might be the answer now, not long-term. Daly could then move back to outside centre.
With the backline Eddie has sort of gone with what he knows, but the other big surprise aside from Furbank comes in the forwards with Jack Willis not being in the squad at all. Either Tom Curry or Sam Underhill would have to miss out if Willis was picked, probably Underhill in my opinion.
Willis should have been considered. He outshone Ben Earl, on the bench on Saturday, in the Gallagher Premiership semi-final between Wasps and Bristol. It's unfortunate that Willis already might be getting labelled as simply a turnover king, rather than as a really excellent ball-carrier, which I think he is.
三级成人视频I do really like England's bench, and this game might be a good chance to almost change the fitness criteria for their front five. You can tell Maro Itoje to do anything, because he is a machine. Yet with someone like Mako Vunipola, who does not like coming off after 50 minutes because he feels as though he has more in the tank, you can tell him and the rest of the tight five that they have 50 minutes to go at the highest tempo possible, and then England can bring on their replacements en masse.
三级成人视频With that selection and that pack, I expect England to win by 45 points in Rome, providing the conditions are fine. If Ireland win with a bonus point against France they walk away with the title, but good luck to them beating that French side in Paris. I can't see it myself.