Nah see difference is we have plenty of 5/8's better than Foran for Australia
But srsly, in an ideal world, I'd be looking at something like this for Origin 1...
Uate J. Morris Lawrence Jennings
Douglas Ennis Hunt
Leoroy Lahrs Lewis
Subs: Bird, Farah, Watmough, White
Or something like that. Fuck Snowden or Weyman right off. Possibility of Gidley replacing Farah which is fair, and you can't rule out Hayne getting picked on one of the wings aswell as Brett Morris, just feel that Jennings could do a job there and it'd be hard for him to get in the centres over Morris and Lawrence. Kinda unlucky on Ben Creagh aswell but he's not exactly a forward who strikes fear into oppositions.
You called Stewart, Watmough and Williams turnstiles. Guess who won the fucking premiership? We did...
Winning a premiership and succeeding in the Origin arena are two vastly different propositions. It's apples and oranges.
Lol at all the form junkies wanting DCE ahead of Cronk. It’s laughable. Picking Cronk ahead of Thurston a few years ago would have been the wrong thing to do, no matter how out of form Thurston was. Picking DCE ahead of Cronk now is the wrong thing to do.
Origin is THE trial for test selection. Playing a handful of good club games in a row shouldn’t earn you a test birth. It’s ludicrous. That’s why the Australian team should be filled with players like Johnson, Harrison and Myles.
On the Blues halves combo, i wouldn't mind seeing Campese/Carney. It means that either of them can take a backseat and inject themselves to provide some spark. If we go with Soward, Wallace or Pearce in the side then the entire creativity of the side rests on one guy. Soward isn't the kind of guy i want if we're down with time running out. Carney or Campese are matchwinners, Soward isn't.
I agree with this. If your halves can’t create for the rest of your team, you’ve got the wrong halves. These are the two positions were I would primarily choose attack at the expense of defence, but only within reason. This is also precisely why I don’t feel the need for ball playing forwards in Origin. I would go defensive workers, all day.
Ball playing forwards in Origin aren't bad. The side needs balance. You can stuff a team full of defenders and expect them to score points. Fensom would be a great player in Origin but i wouldn't play Fensom with Hindmarsh (for arguments sake). They've both workhorses, they'll both make a ton of tackles but you need more balance in the lineup. Queensland can get away with having a bunch of forwards who are only good defenders because their backline is stunning. Anyone in the Queensland backline would walk into a NSW jumper.
I think DCE needs to realise that when he signed his contract, he wasn't a first grader, and wasn't expected to go so well, and that's why he was being paid what he is. You can't change the salary of a set contract. Can't help but think that, whilst he's a good footballer, he's being a petulant little prat about this.