Wenger 13 battle Mourinho 0 wins lost 21 goals

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Wenger 13 battle Mourinho 0 wins lost 21 goals

Příspěvekod lucyweiweiwei » 24 kvě 2017 04:37

George Ford has accepted he must shoulder the responsibility for inspiring England’s attack in Authentic Mike Bibby Youth Jersey the absence of his fellow playmaker Owen Farrell after Eddie Jones conceded his fly-half’s form has tailed off towards the end of the season.Ford is expected to start for England at fly-half against the Barbarians on Sunday and he will be charged with leading an inexperienced backline in Argentina next month, one which may yet include Denny Solomona. Jones revealed on Sunday that the New Zealand-born wing was unlikely to be fit for the tour but Solomona is hopeful he may still take his seat on the plane, despite a foot injury.“I’m not out of Argentina just yet, I’m doing everything in my power to make sure I make the trip,” said Solomona, who remains with Sale and will be further assessed at the end of the week. “I’ve done all the necessary steps to get back in there.”England will be without the Harlequins outside-centre Joe Marchant and the Northampton tighthead Paul Hill – ruled out with toe and neck injuries respectively. Jones will finalise his 31-man squad for Argentina on Monday, when the replacements will be named.Ford endured a mixed afternoon the last time he started for England without Farrell alongside him. It was 12 months ago, with Wales rather than the Baa-Baas the opposition in the end-of-season fixture, and while he pulled the strings as England scored five tries, he missed six out of seven kicks at goal and was booed by the Twickenham crowd.“Eddie has challenged me to keep improving our attack and try to ask more questions of the opposition, and be more dangerous,” Ford said. “We definitely have good enough players to go over there and get results, regardless of who is available. It’s good sometimes to play with different people and come up with different ways of trying to break teams down.”Jones is confident Ford can handle the added responsibility, with Farrell away in camp with the British & Irish Lions, but he believes Bath’s style of play has not suited the 24-year-old, who missed a crucial late penalty in his side’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Stade Français. Last week Jones said: “Sometimes players in their clubs are asked to play in a different way and it doesn’t suit them but as long as I see effort from them … and I saw plenty of effort from George …”Ford rejoins Leicester on a lucrative contract worth £450,000 a year next season and believes he can rediscover his best form at Welford Road alongside other big names such as Ben Youngs, Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi. “I suppose that chapter of my career [at Bath] is over now,” Ford said. “I’m looking forward to rejoining Leicester and hopefully being part of a team that can really challenge and win trophies again because I know that’s what the club can do and as a player that’s what you want. You want to be part of a successful team.”Jones’s squad for the two-Test Argentina tour contains 15 uncapped players but there are 19 without Test experience preparing to face the Barbarians, with those from Exeter, Wasps and Northampton all unavailable.It means Ford, along with Nikola Jokic Jersey Danny Care, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw, is now one of the old guard, but it is a role he is relishing. “I’m looking to try to develop that all the time really,” he said. “As a 10, you’re more an on-field leader but I suppose especially last week and this week there’s some more off-field stuff that I’ve tried to develop and take upon myself a little bit more.”ngland’s two Test matches against the Pumas have taken on added significance after the sides were drawn in the same World Cup pool, alongside France, in what on paper would appear to be the hardest of the four.Ford is determined, therefore, to make a statement this summer. He said: “I don’t think you would want to go to Argentina thinking: ‘Let’s try our best and see what happens.’ We want to go there and win 2-0 – and we are expecting to do so regardless of who is here.”No man, as we all know, is bigger than his team, particularly when he has not yet worn the jersey. But Billy V? Not the Saracen tank who has been steamrollering all-comers, until the weekend at any rate. Not now. What a massive hole his absence leaves in Warren Gatland’s planning.It was impossible, consequently, to ignore the elephant-sized issue in the room as the coach held court beneath the chandeliers. Perhaps the only other player whose exit would cause a comparable groan is Owen Farrell, presently a prime candidate for both the 10 and 12 jerseys. Gatland did his best to look on the bright side, grateful to have as many as 30 players in Ireland courtesy of last weekend’s defeats of Saracens and Leinster.Only four individuals – Jonathan Sexton, Sean O’Brien, Rhys Webb and Ken Owens – were restricted to static bikes while the rest of the squad embarked on what will be a crucial week of training. In less than a week from now they will be on the plane to New Zealand; there is general acknowledgment they could do with another fortnight’s preparation time at least.Gatland knows this better than anyone but it is too late now to do much about it. All the conditioning staff could do was drag the other bruised Saracens off to the cryotherapy chamber in an attempt to fast-track their recoveries. “We’re trying to cover an eight-week pre-season in about two weeks, so having players we didn’t expect to have is a huge bonus for us,” said the coach. Everyone’s spirits are willing; hopefully their bodies will eventually follow.Sadly, though, the Vunipola setback recalls the premature injuries which undermined the Lions last expedition to New Zealand in 2005; to Lawrence Dallaglio against the Bay of Plenty in Rotorua and Brian O’Driscoll in Greg Zuerlein Youth Jersey the first Test in Christchurch. Psychologically the ripple effect was significant in both cases, even if the outcome of the series would almost certainly have remained the same.The only positive is that at least Vunipola’s exit has taken place before the squad have flown out. It tends to be harder to stay coolly philosophical when you are in a small New Zealand town, the rain sluicing down, when you have just lost to a local provincial team and one of your key Test totems is sitting head bowed and distraught in the lobby. The big No8 has been spared the never-ending flight home too.And as one door closes, another one opens. Anyone who watched Vunipola’s cousin Taulupe Faletau in Bath’s last few games of the season will be aware the Welsh No8 is running back into some form at the right time. CJ Stander and Ross Moriarty will not take a backward step and James Haskell will come stampeding out of every dressing room determined to prove he should have been on the tour in the first place.The mind also slides back to Rob Howley’s horribly painful shoulder injury in 1997 and the series-turning opportunity that suddenly knocked for Matt Dawson. On the last tour the Lions ended up winning the series with a different captain – Alun Wyn Jones – and a replacement prop – Alex Corbisiero – leading the way. Not all unforeseen events are unfortunate.Injuries, too, are simply part of rugby: an occupational hazard at all levels.
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