Yeah I have to say I was surprised to see Aki in there and Lawes. Also Chris Harris surprised me a little.
Jonny May seems to have dropped off a little this year; would have rather Jack Nowell if there was going to be another English winger selected.
I wonder who it was that forced the management to have to select 37? Lawes? Jamie George?
Itoje is a walking penalty machine, and I don’t know what kind of leadership that gives. Equally, as he’s so prickly, I am not sure how he’d pull the 4 nations together - whereas you can see AWJ being fairly respected across all teams.
Think there are some very weird choices, but probably a balanced enough squad. Think Mako is very lucky to be picked, Lawes, Aki, Hill. No may is strange, no slade. Yeah strange. There must be been some people, like Youngs and Marler who ruled themselves out due to touring in a bubble.
@robstation01 yeah, lots of chat about him going as captain which I found hilarious. not only for the reasons you mentioned, but for the fact Gatland has AWJ as a tried and tested captain.
I mean on the pitch, seems to revel in pissing the opposition off. I know that it’s par for the course for many players but he seems to push it fairly far, so it would be interesting to see how he’d cope with leading from the front.
Aye you’re probably right - I’ve just seen a lot more of Itoje playing than I have AWJ, what with the various Sarries matches I’ve watched over the years. Also probably part of my anti-Sarries bias as well.
You want a bit of spike in your captains - however there’s an argument that it can’t be all spike, or like Owen Farrell you end up on the wrong side of the ref. Haven’t seen too much of that with AWJ in the admittedly fewer games I’ve seen him in.
Hadn’t seen that about Tipuric. Gutted for him but at least there does seem to be a wealth of back row options.
The loss of AWJ is harder to take, as it’ll be harder to replace his leadership; not sure about Murray but hoping he does well. I have to admit to watching the match worrying about injuries from the off, and then thinking about how many injuries you’d expect per match. Too many.