RinTin wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 22, 2023 11:42 am
We need to put some faith in the young guys or what is the point in having them?
I remember, not many years ago, us having a ton of experience in Yarde (ex-England, playing well), McGuigan (Scotland International), Solomona (in England squad) and Ashton (returning to England squad), and thinking we were spoilt for choice in the back 3. Quite quickly, three of those players became unavailable to us for very different reasons, and the only recruitment we made was Hammersley - good in defence but little in attack.
So we were forced to play Sale academy boys like Reed/Roebuck and move Luke James to full back. When Luke got injured, we had to play some completely green, untested-at-top-level boy called Carpenter.
I don't think I would swap Reed/Roebuck/Carpenter for anyone now and it's giving the feel of the Heywood Road days with the feared, all-Northern "Sale Back 3".
(We never trusted Redpath Jnr, so he moved to Bath, got a regular starting spot and became a Scotland International. Think there are loads more like that....)
So yes, we need to play out best youngsters more and trust in the future of Northern Rugby. Remember the post PSA days...