I was looking forward to England’s three test series in New Zealand in June, but the realisation that Stuart Lancaster’s team will be a “B Team” is disappointing. The June Internationals tend to be largely developmental, but the year before the Rugby World Cup 2015 and given England’s strong finish to the Six Nations 2014, this series was shaping as an exciting series, but now is bordering on a joke!
The England team to play in the first test match in the series on 7th June won’t feature any players from the Aviva Premiership Final on May 31st, while there is a raft of injuries and player defections for various reasons with players including Billy Twelvetrees, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Jack Nowell, Christian Wade, Tom Croft, Alex Corbiseiro and Tom Youngs missing the tour along with anyone from England’s two best teams who miss the first test because of the Aviva Premiership final.
This tour will be another developmental tour which does give England a chance to blood some new players in a tough environment to see if they can sink or swim. This will help them build some depth, although it will allow New Zealand to also try some new players out to see if they can cope with test match rugby.
Do you think England’s tour to New Zealand is going to be a joke?
Surely the All Blacks should win this series 3-0 at home in June. Will you pay big bucks to see the All Blacks beat a second string England team?