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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 16:29
Irish squad for the game against the Scots on 9th March. No doubt the bulk will feature against Counties at Hoppers.
 
 
Hopefully next season England will restore the fixture against France Federale!!!!




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 20:48
Dear Chap
To tour Africa one has to prepare a few months ahead for innoculations to take. This issue has been commented on by others before my input. The team for last years tour to Spain for example was picked well before the end of the county competition and some players in that squad were chosen without playing for the county that season albeit their reputation went before them. This riled quite a few as they had been putting their necks on the line for both club and county. So wind your  uneducated neck in and check first on the facts dear boy, you may the enlightened. I do not need to be envious or bitter because I am retired from the sport but travel all over to watch all levels of teams and observe those who are making their way up the ladder. Hence I make my opinions on this page and like it or lump it I make my point as i see it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 16:43
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You will recall the last two winter's causing disruption to the fixture list hence player's that made themselves available or had played for there county before were allowed to be considered for selection (this was on this forum last year)
Just because you play and train for your county and put your neck on the line does not entitle you to anything apart from thank you and certainly doesn't entitle you to a ENGLAND shirt. Player's are making themselves available to play county rugby from the championship and National 1 because they want an England shirt.
Do you honestly think that the selector's wait until the end of the county season usually May 30thish then sit down on the next day and select a squad I have never seen any reference on this forum that suggest this. Anybody with an 'educated neck' would realise that it's picked on form throughout the season them players who have played well and are going to be playing county rugby and available to tour will be in with a shout of selection for the summer tour. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 19:13
If, as Paul Arnold reports, that Gaz Rawlings has broken his arm, has anyone heard of who is replacing him?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 16:41
Ireland's side to face the Scots on Friday evening
 




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 20:08
Irish Clubs 26 - 21 Scots Clubs full-time score from Old Belvedere tonight.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 15:14
To answer my own question, it looks like it is Robbie Hurrell of Stourbridge to replace the injured Gaz Rawlings. Good luck to him and it is just rewards for similarly missing out of the same fixture last year through injury.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 15:17
Who are replacing the Mulchrones, as I believe both are injured?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2012 at 16:10
Originally posted by Allan Foster Allan Foster wrote:

Who are replacing the Mulchrones, as I believe both are injured?



The latest squad is at: -


http://rfu.com/News/2012/March/NewsArticles/120312_England_Counties_changes_for_Ireland.aspx

Congratulations to Phillip Woodhead of Wharfedale! Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 20:14
New personnel - but Counties quality unchanged
Monday March 12, 2012
Issued by Tony Simpson
Mike Old - confident in his newcomers

ENGLAND Counties are accustomed to re-shuffling the team for their Spring International match because of injuries, but this year the toll has been much heavier than  normal ahead of the match against the Ulster Bank International Team at Preston Grasshoppers RFC on Friday Night (March 16, 7.30 kick-off).

When the squad meets at Preston tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13), it will show five changes to the original selection, with the most recent addition, Fylde’s Chris Briers, replacing Blackheath’s James Stephenson, who was himself a replacement for Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield).

Briers made his debut for the Counties XV in their inaugural win on French soil against France Amateurs in 2006.

The withdrawal of Laurence Ovens brings Blaydon’s Robbie Kalbraier into the squad and Sam Wilkes from Cinderford takes over from Dan Richmond (Rosslyn Park) in the most recent adjustments following the initial loss of the Mulchrone brothers Fergus and Charlie and Fylde’s Gareth Rawlings with injury.

The changes result in the squad of 22 now being drawn from 12 clubs, with 13 players making their first appearances for the Counties.
“It is always disappointing for players when they have to pull out of any team because of injury and missing the chance to wear an England shirt is especially sad,” said Counties Manager Mike Old. “However, we have an exciting summer tour to East Africa coming up in June and the form of all the contenders for that trip will be monitored both with their clubs and during the County Championship, so they still have plenty to play for once they are back in action.

“As I have said before, the selection process was extremely competitive this year and I know that the players coming in will maintain the standard set by previous Counties teams. We may have changes of personnel, but the calibre of the squad has not changed and I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.

“Blending a group of players, who in many cases will not know each other’s names when they meet on Tuesday, is a real test for the players and for coaches Jan Bonney and Steve Pope, but that is part of the Counties tradition and what makes being involved so exciting and challenging.”

Standard ticket prices are £10 for adults/£5 concessions (OAPS/Students), whilst under 16’s will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets can be purchased in advance, whilst both Adult & Concession tickets can be bought at the gate on the day of the game.


The squad is:
Forwards: Dave Allen* (Blackheath), Rob Baldwin* (Wharfedale), David Dickinson (Tynedale), Matthew Hall* (Blaydon), Tom Mantell (Macclesfield), Lewis McGowan* (Sedgley Park), Robbie Kalbraier (Blaydon), Robbie Hurrell (Stourbridge), Sam Wilkes (Cinderford), Sam Shires (Tynedale), Lee Starling (Ealing Trailfinders), Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon).
Backs: Phil Chesters (Ealing Trailfinders), Andrew Henderson (Barking), Peter Hodgkinson* (Ealing Trailfinders), Ross Laidlaw (Rosslyn Park), Philip Woodhead (Wharfedale), Chris Briers (Fylde)*, Harry Peck* (Tynedale), Dom Shabbo (Rosslyn Park), Mike Waywell* (Fylde), Tom Wheatcroft* (Ealing Trailfinders).
*denotes previous Counties appearance
 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2012 at 20:34
Ireland's team named two changes due to injuries from side that beat Scots.
 
 
One further change for the Irish Ben Barclay (Clontarf) replaces Rob Sweeney at loosehead.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 10:00
Originally posted by dumbape dumbape wrote:

Four great Ealing boys in there cracking players all of them.

PS - It would have been nice if the Selectors had picked Owen Bruynseels ... maybe next year


Five lads now in for Ealing ... Owen is in .... Hurrah!

Enjoy your day off from Ealing, win the game and then lets get on with the job of chasing down Jersey!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 10:52
Originally posted by dumbape dumbape wrote:

[QUOTE=dumbape] Five lads now in for Ealing ... Owen is in .... Hurrah!
 

Good luck to all the players including the five Ealing guys starting the game. Should be an excellent contest.

Interestingly, the selectors can't be too impressed with fellow N1 promotion contenders Fylde. Highest try scorers in the division; 2nd, equal 4th & equal 5th top individual try scorers (Brennand, Royle & Stewart); "the best winger in the division" (Macc's DoR Geoff Wappett on Brennand, 23 tries compared with Bruynseels' 12) on the Lancashire doorstep. Yet Waywell & Briers just make the bench. Oh well, we can all be better selectors can't we?!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 13:17
I wouldn't worry too much Allan: at least you've got somebody there. Has there ever been a Counties side with absolutely no representation from level 4 before? Or do the selectors expect Richmond or Old Albanians to get relegated next season? Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 13:28
Originally posted by Allan Foster Allan Foster wrote:


Originally posted by dumbape dumbape wrote:

[QUOTE=dumbape] Five lads now in for Ealing ... Owen is in .... Hurrah!
 

Good luck to all the players including the five Ealing guys starting the game. Should be an excellent contest.

Interestingly, the selectors can't be too impressed with fellow N1 promotion contenders Fylde.


Maybe in these difficult time they are saving money on travel expenses and getting the lads to share on taxi Fares.

I'll take nothing away from the Fylde lads at all ... but Owen is long overdue a his spot IMO

He's been one of those players so often overlooked in previous seasons and does far more about the park than many wingers. He has been key through our last 4 promotions so back to the London 2 days and really has come a long way ... stepping up his game at each level. He always seems to make the yards particularly between the 10 the 22 and his try numbers would even more impressive but for Ealing having quite a few in the back line who can score too ... Hodge and Chesters for example!

Plus its always nice to have a Philosopher in the Squad !    
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 13:49
Originally posted by Top of the Hill Top of the Hill wrote:

I wouldn't worry too much Allan: at least you've got somebody there. Has there ever been a Counties side with absolutely no representation from level 4 before? Or do the selectors expect Richmond or Old Albanians to get relegated next season? Wink

Shame about the exclusion of level 4 players. There's always been three or four guys who've made selection and contributed significantly to the squad. Seems a more blinkered approach this time.

I wonder if the make up of the 22 would have been different if there were a large batch of postponed National League games being played this weekend as in the last couple of seasons???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 21:26
England Counties 34 - 16 Irish Clubs F/T at hoppers 




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 21:55
any idea of the scorers ruckin?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 22:19
Counties turn on the style at Preston
Friday March 16, 2012
Issued by Tony Simpson
Peter Hodgkinson - produced a virtuoso display

ENGLAND Counties have been a while bringing their talents to the North, but their five-try  34-16 win over the Ulster Bank International Team at Preston Grasshoppers was well worth the wait.

The script followed the pattern the North camp envisaged throughout their preparations, the expectation being that if the Irish pack could be contained, the Counties had enough pace and skill behind to come out on top.

And how faithfully that plot was observed, the Counties forward working manfully to keep a fierce Irish onslaught at bay and the backs feasting voraciously on scraps of broken play possession.

“A fantastic game and I’m really pleased that we had a 22-man performance with everyone making a contribution,” said Manager Mike Old. “The Irish forwards really gave us a hard time, but the forwards fronted up tremendously and we showed lots of pace and skill behind.

“It’s the biggest win we’ve had against Ireland and it levels the series. We always thought that with the pace of the back line we had out, if we could win enough ball we’d have an excellent chance.”

That scenario unfolded with remarkable accuracy in first-half in which the Irish side had the bulk of possession and most of the territorial pressure, yet the trailed 19-9 at half time, three penalties by fly-half Craig Ronaldson being a modest reward for the amount pressure they exerted.

The Counties, in contrast, though locked in an unrelenting rearguard action for long spells, always threatened whenever they managed to acquire quick ball and the self-confidence of Ealing full-back Peter Hodgkinson sparking their best moments and prolific wingman Phil Chesters demonstrating why his finishing is so deadly with the Trailfinders.

Lock Louis McGowan gave the Counties the lead when he drove over from close range after 7 minutes, fly-half Ross Laidlaw converting, but it was the combination of full-back Peter Hodgkinson and Chester which brought the next try as the wingman was put away and cantered in from 30 yards.

Hodgkinson’s next contribution was a superb try-saving tackle on replacement centre James Thompson when a try beckoned, but he was soon back on the offensive, launching an audacious counter attack that allowed Chesters to accelerate away from 50 yards out for a try that Laidlaw converted.

Ronaldson’s third penalty made it 19-9 at the interval, Laidlaw nudging his side further ahead soon after the restart with a penalty. Ireland responded with an elusive piece of running of their own when wingman Cathal Quinn skipped nimbly through the Counties defence for a try at the posts that Ronaldson goaled.

Undaunted, Hodgkinson continued his virtuoso display, break free up the middle and creating the space for centre Andrew Henderson to get wingman Owen Bruynseels in at the corner to give the Counties a 27-16 advantage after 56 minutes.

The departure of flanker Dave Allen (Counties) and prop Ben Barclay (Ireland) to the sin-bin and a series of substitutions brought a very fragmented conclusion to proceedings, but though the visitors continued their robust, full-frontal assault, the Counties held firm and had the last word when replacement lock Chris Wearmouth powered over, Laidlaw converting.

England Counties: Peter Hodgkinson (Ealing Trailfinders); Phil Chesters (Ealing Trailfinders), Andrew Henderson (Barking), Tom Wheatcroft (Ealing Trailfinders), Owen Bruynseels (Ealing Trailfinders); Ross Laidlaw (Rosslyn Park), Harry Peck (Tynedale); Robbie Kalbraier (Blaydon), Matt Hall (Blaydon), Tom Mantell (Macclesfield), Louis McGowan (Sedgley Park), Robbie Hurrell (Stourbridge), Lee Starling (Ealing Trailfinders), Dave Allen (Blackheath), Rob Baldwin (Wharfedale) capt. Replacements all used: David Dickinson (Tynedale), Sam Wilkes (Cinderford), Sam Shires (Tynedale), Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon), Philip Woodhead (Wharfedale), Chris Briers (Fylde), Mike Waywell (Fylde).

Ulster Bank Club International Team: Rodger McBurney (Ballymena); Cian Aherne (Lansdowne), Killian Lett (Clontarf), Mike Kelliher (Young Munster), Cathal Quinn (Cork Constitution); Craig Ronaldson (Lansdowne), Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution) capt; Ben Barclay (Clontarf), Ger Slattery (Young Munster), Christy Condon (Dolphin), Philip Donnellan (Cork Constitution), Fergal Walsh (Shannon), Liam Og Murphy (Young Munster), Barry O'Mahony (Clontarf), Frank Cogan (Clontarf). Replacements all used: Hugh McGrath (Young Munster), Risteard Byrne (UCD), Damian Hall (St. Mary’s College), Neville Melbourne (Young Munster), Brian Slater (UCC), Barry Keeshan (Dolphin), James Thompson (Ballynahinch).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 22:30
...so sounds like the Counties struggled through despite the Ealing players then...Wink
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