Rugby Union 4 years ago

Think HUR could beat ENG?

  • Think HUR could beat ENG?

The Crusaders didn't fear so well against England in its midweek encounter which got me wondering whether our beloved Hurricanes could beat England.

Granted, both the Crusaders and England didn't have their full strength sides on the park so it was kind of hard to make a judgment.

But I'm willing to put this out there and some may call me a real optimist or/and a complete idiot but I think the Hurricanes, at full strength, at home and on song could beat England.

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Let me explain why. I like the fitness of the Hurricanes forwards over England's pack. You just have to look at some of the English players to know that they could be in better physical shape and the Canes pack has shown all season that it can match it with anyone in Super Rugby. Clearly the Hurricanes backs, with All Blacks TJ Perenara, Baeuden Barrett, Conrad Smith, Julian Savea and Cory Jane, are better, at least on paper, than England's backline.

Going by this weekend's England lineup, here's how the teams would look on paper:

Hurricanes vs. England

Andre Taylor vs. Mike Brown

Cory Jane vs. Chris Ashton

Conrad Smith vs. Manu Tuilagi

Alapati Leiua vs. Kyle Eastmond

Julian Savea vs. Marlon Yardes

Beauden Barrett vs. Freddie Burns

TJ Perenara vs. Ben Youngs

Victor Vito vs. Billy Vunipola

Jack Lam vs. Chris Robshaw

Fafili Levave vs. Tom Wood

Jeremy Thrush vs. Geoff Parling

James Broadhurst vs. Courtney Laws

Jeff Toomaga-Allen vs. David Wilson

Dane Coles vs. Dylan Hartley

Ben Franks vs. Joe Marler



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