The Team That Never Travelled: Part Nine, Fullback

The Mole: arch-conservative or reactionary? Both, probably – even though it’s a long-accepted fact that all reactionaries are paper tigers. The case in point? Fullback. The Mole’s take is that it’s a specific position which requires different talents and a wholly different skillset than a winger. Not a fan of the interchangeable back three. Not at all. I’ve seen Ugo Monye play in the No15 jersey. Continue reading

The Team That Never Travelled: Part Six, Outside Centre

Quite a lot of centres didn’t make their various countries’ cuts, so the Mole split them up. Yesterday’s selection were nominally inside centres/second five-eighths, while today’s are [outside] centres. I think it’s fair to say that most of the best ones are at the World Cup, but there’s a few interesting ones who have been left behind … Continue reading

The Team That Never Travelled: Part Five, Inside Centre

Plenty of quality centres are missing from the World Cup. Some are the victims of well-stacked strength in their position, some have suffered due to their age profile, and others have been left behind because their coach is bonkers. Continue reading

The Team That Never Travelled: Part Four, The Halfbacks

In this installment of The Team That Never Travelled, we look at the scrum-halves and out-halves who could have made all the difference. Continue reading

The Team That Never Travelled: Part Three, The Backrow

In the words of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan: “Oh. OH.” This morning’s underperformance by Zoolander Spies and Ben McCalman make Part 3 of The Team That Never Travelled particularly relevant. Continue reading