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O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: oakhaven (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 12:02

In discussion with a friend of mine about absurd potential selections for the Lions, we ended up compiling an England team containing solely players who had been picked as a result of a major aberration on the part of the selectors. Thought I'd share - feel free to add your own!

We avoided choosing people who were, say, promising youngsters thrown in too soon (e.g. Mathew Tait in 2005), rather focusing on genuinely puzzling and/or disastrous selections:

15. Ugo Monye (sorry, that one game against Argentina at FB wraps this up)
14. Phil Christophers
13. Shontayne Hape
12. Henry Paul (toyed with Sam Burgess here)
11. Lesley Vainikolo
10. Andy Goode (possibly a bit harsh but there weren't too many options at 10)
9. Shaun Perry

1. Perry Freshwater
2. Mark Regan (circa 2007)
3. June Porno-Salad
4. Alex Codling (never quite got that)
5. Mouritz Botha
6. Alex Sanderson
7. Hendrie Fourie
8. Jordan Crane

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Quinky Kin (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 12:34

I've heard people say the worst choice at centre was Ayoola Erinle... I thought he was pretty good though!

Henry Paul definitely. I never understood the fascination.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 19/04/2017 12:34 by Quinky Kin.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: thomh (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 13:07

Hendre Fourie and Shontayne Hape both played well in their short times in an England shirt.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: UxQuin (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 13:29

Joel Tomkins!

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Dave L (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 14:04

Yeah I'd swap Hape out for Joel Tomkins. He was pretty useless.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Jammy Git (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 14:08

Ollie Barkley for Goode, surely.



O Fortuna, velut luna statu variabilis,
semper crescis aut decrescis

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Dave L (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 16:07

Thanks JG, I'd blocked that particular memory. Thanks for bringing it up! I'd also swap Banahan in for Christophers.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Adi Nako (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 16:26

Is it harsh that JTH sprang to mind?

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: poorfour (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 20:34

A bit harsh on Crane, who was a decent player but whose injuries undermined his chances of being a top notch international. Tom Wood, perhaps?

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 21:29

Phil Dowson
Steve Borthwick
Andy Farrell
Martin Corry
Tim Payne
Jamie Noon

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: RodneyRegis (IP Logged)
Date: 19 April, 2017 21:58

Corry/Borthwick/Noon got picked for too long, when they had long outstayed their welcome, but cannot be included in this kind of side.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Clockwatcher (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 07:31

Do we not have a coach that played fly half for England once that could be considered?

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 07:45

PDJ?? (not as FH)

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Quinten Poulsen (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 08:31

Alex King
Dave Walder
Mark Van Gisbergen
Dan Scarborough



Martin Corry should be nowhere near these suggestions - he was a fine player and good captain for England.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Bolly-Quin (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 08:48

Quote:
HonkyTonk
PDJ?? (not as FH)

Oh, I don't know: why not give it a whirl - can't be much worse as a FH, could he?

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Adi Nako (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 09:52

Quote:
HonkyTonk
PDJ?? (not as FH)

June Porno Salad...

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Jammy Git (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 10:35

Quote:
Nev's Left Boot
Phil Dowson
Steve Borthwick
Andy Farrell
Martin Corry
Tim Payne
Jamie Noon

Borthwick was a quality lineout operator and a smart player. He broke in to THAT England team alongside Johnno and co - he'd earned it. Terrible captain though.

Dowson was for a long time one of the best backrowers in the country and did a job for England, but was kept too long.



O Fortuna, velut luna statu variabilis,
semper crescis aut decrescis

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: thomh (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 11:15

Dowson was passed his best before England ever picked him unfortunately - Lancaster had him in as one of his "experienced but untainted by the 2011 world cup fiasco" selections in 2012.

Wood is a perfectly good player and was exceptional for Lancaster for much of 2012-2014-ish before he seemed to lose a bit of his power and work rate, but I suppose you could have him in there solely as an 8 based on the Cardiff 2013 disaster.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: Mancquin (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 14:04

Mark Mapletoft.
One cap against Argentina.

Re: O/Tish "What were they thinking XV"
Posted by: whyisitnevereasy (IP Logged)
Date: 20 April, 2017 23:29

Matt Stevens (2013)(Sm105)



The ship may now enter harbour negative oilskins



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 20/04/2017 23:32 by whyisitnevereasy.

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