EASTER NOT TO BLAME
Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby at Aviva Premiership side Harlequin FC believes that interim England manager Stuart Lancaster will make a huge mistake if he drops Rugby World Cup winning No. 8 Nick Easter from the side that will travel to Scotland to face the mighty neighbors in their bid to retain the Six Nations Championship.
According to the reports that have been received, Lancaster is already said to have conveyed the message to the 33 year old that he is not a part of his plans for the future and he will not feature in the side that will take on Scotland at the Murray Field on the 4th of February, 2012 in the Calcutta Cup.
It seems extremely ironical for the player, who, less than a year back, was made the captain of the national team in their defeat at Ireland but with the coach looking at younger alternatives for the future, he might not as well get a chance to the 47 caps that he already has this season.
O’Shea said that he is happy to stick with his own player Nick Easter and according to him, he is one of those players who have consistently performed for the Aviva Premiership leaders with outstanding performances, leading them out of trouble on many occasions.
However, he further added that this call for Easter to be a part of the national team has nothing to do with his loyalty for the club but out of the belief that Lancaster must find the perfect balance between youth and experience.
However, he also added that Nick Easter is not the kind of a player who would give up if he is not picked in the team and believes that it will only make him perform well leaving Lancaster with no choice but to pick him in the future.