Teams announced for England Pointless Marketing Name vs Ireland Inexplicable Branding Moniker
People who can legitimately claim to be England Saxons. Note: not the international B team.
Surely this blog cannot be the only rugby fan of the view that referring to the second team as just that is perfectly OK? If the people at the RFU and IRFU wanted to reflect the culture of those that are most likely to watch these teams on Friday night this game would be England 2s vs Ireland 2s, but it's obviously ludicrous to expect that those that run the game would understand those that follow it.
Rant aside, this should be an interesting game; a chance to cast an eye over the next tranche of players who are earmarked to solve the interminable Ireland Transition Period ™ , and England are fielding Christian Wade and Stephen Jones's latest love interest, Joel Tomkins.
England Seconds: Elliot Daly; Christian Wade, Joel Tomkins, Jordan Turner-Hall, Tom Biggs; George Ford, Richard Wigglesworth; Nick Wood, Joe Gray, Paul Doran-Jones, Graham Kitchener, George Robson, George Kruis, Will Fraser, Jordan Crane
Replacements: Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Jamie Gibson (London Irish), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), George Lowe (Harlequins), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Ireland Seconds: Robbie Henshaw, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Dave McSharry, Luke Fitzgerald, Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; David Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Michael Bent, Lewis Stevenson, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Tommy O'Donnell, James Coughlin
Replacements: Damien Varley, Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Iain Henderson, Rhys Ruddock, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Ian KeatleyTweet
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