>John Williams (>>)
>>>Rodber was effective in the lineout, but still looks a shadow of the player
>>>in the first SA England test 1994.
>>Waste of space, waste of space. This man is masquerading as a rugby player.
>possibly... but he was still sharper than Daliglio, and assuming that
>wholesale changes aren't going to happen then Rodber gets to stay...
>a genuine openside needs picking though.
tackles like a jessie and falls flat on his arse as soon as a blade of grass
gets in his way.
That's the cold side, which we are seeing far too often at international level.
He can be a real brute of a tackler, rampaging crash runner and dominating
lineout ball winner. But he just does it too little.
For me, Dallaglio has far better hands and speed. He gets involved in the game
more. All he seems to lose to Rodber is a couple of inches in the lineout.
But Dallaglio is being messed about and won't produce his best until he is at 6
or 8. Rather like Ben Clarke.
>>somewhere around the elbow. Even Clarke would not have been such a patsy, but
>>Rodber seems to be playing like a girl (ever since that sending off in SA?).
>There are stories doing the rounds about Rodber's attitude around that
>time, and the attitude that his (Army) superiors took. Threats of the
>South Atlantic being a long way from international rugby....
>Rodber stays in front of Dalaglio IMO. Can see the point of swapping
>Rodber and Sheasby, as suggested by another poster.
giving the English back row some intelligence for the first time in years. He
doesn't just pick the ball up and charge at every scrum. He actually thinks
about it. I wasn't in favour of Sheasby, and I can't stand him personally, but
I'd keep him in the team at the moment to give that intelligence to the pack,
which has been sadly missing from England for years.
Rodber is playing with all of Ben Clarke's worst vices, but none of his
strengths. A total disaster to have your number eight brain dead with wobbly
>>want him in the team).
>But has a limited tenure IMO. Unless he proves to be completely
>unstoppable, despite his lack of pace (unlikely), he'll be deposed by
>someone that is quicker. Look at Hunter.. similar player, that did
>nothing wrong, but eventually got dropped for a faster runner.
enough to get a regular spot. If he played one game, you knew you'd have to
rest him the next. Cooke eventually got fed up with this. This is known as
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