I don’t want JPR Williams’ sympathy, that’s pathetic and makes England sound weak. Wales won in a brilliant way, but this is going to make the England team stronger. This is going to remind England why they have to play their best all the time. These are the performances that spur on the All Black beating victories. England didn’t win the 2003 RWC by winning grandslams for four years beforehand. They were tough, stuck at it, and reaped the rewards. England are building towards 2015, this 6 nations was a stepping stone, a lesson. Wales will now think they are world beaters, yet they had an awful run of games against the SH in Autumn. Fair enough they have improved a lot, but England have shown what they are capable of. The marker has been set by Wales, another year until the next 6 nations champions. I have faith in England to be the best again.
Rob Howley revealed his squad for the 2013 Six Nations campaign this morning. And injuries and newbies (there are five uncapped players) aside, we’re quietly confident… even if it seems no one else is.
Scott Andrews (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Adam Jones (Ospreys) Paul James (Bath), Gethin Jenkins (Toulon), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys) Lou Reed (Blues), Ian Evans (Ospreys), James King (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Scarlets), Toby Faletau (Dragons), Andries Pretorius (Blues)
Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets) Alex Cuthbert (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Eli Walker (Ospreys), Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Lee Byrne (Clermont).
See you at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 2nd February for the Ireland match!