Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Obvious omissions...

...and one great addition! Only three and a half weeks to go until the Six Nations; I think the Rugby World Cup has heightened interest a bit (or am I imagining it) and today the England Coach has introduced an intriguing possibility...[BBC link] The omissions are being discussed at length here (606 Radio5 Live Message Boards)
England coach Brian Ashton has sprung a major shock by including Tongan Lesley Vainikolo in his Six Nations squad.
Now really that's no different to a number of assorted 'foreigners' playing for various teams (New Zealand, Japan, Wales, Scotland, Ireland to name a few...) and by God it does whet the appetite! The ex Bradford Bulls Rugby League star will be a marvellous asset...he was nick-named The Volcano...
"There is a bit of the wow factor there with him. His transition to the union game has been fairly straightforward - he does not look like a rugby league player playing union," said England coach Brian Ashton."
He averaged a try a game in League and currently is the top try scorer in the Premiership.


Paul said...

I like The Volcano when he was playing for the Bulls. We've had 'foreigners' playing before haven't we - Mike Catt springs to mind.

Interestingly, as you are a Gooner, there's interest in getting Almunia to accept British citizenship next year (I think it's 2009) to ease our goalkeeping crisis!

Span Ows said...

I'm just updating the post...with a link to the 606 boards comments...some good stuff!

Re Almunia, I heard that as a comment on one of the games...I think over Christamas when they played coincidence I'll be watching tonight as for some wierd reason a lot of Carling and Premiership games are getting shown on the terrestrial TV!!!

Six Years Late said...

As I understand it there are currently 9 Arsenal players who could potentially become England players in the same way Almunia will be but do we really think all 9 won't have been given at least one game by their respective home nations to ensure they lose their virginity.

Oh by the way Vainikolo, great call, very exciting times