That's why I find it curious he never even features in any conversations about English 7s. Perhaps it's something to do with playing for a less fashionable club?Backwoodsman1 wrote:Good 7 , Welch, always enjoy watching him play.Scrumhead wrote:I'm inclined to agree ... we'll probably never find out now. Williams could have been great, but I suspect it could have been a Harrison v2.0 had he played at 7.
Hopefully by the time he's fit, we can consider him as a good option at 6 rather than the odd notion of putting him at 7.
Could Will Welch be a dark horse to get in the mix with England? He's never mentioned, but is a former age grade international and captain of his club. He's always looked decent in a team under the cosh and now he's a part of a Newcastle back row that's rarely been outfought so far this season.
Under normal circumstances, he's not someone I'd see challenging to make the EPS, but with the current injury situation, I'm surprised he's not been on the radar at all.
I'd argue he fits Eddie's brief as a big, destructive flanker and he has the advantage of actually playing 7, week-in, week-out, rather than being a 6 or lock masquerading as a 7.
Incidentally, I saw Kirwan from Worcester was pressing his case in last week's TRP ... Reaching a bit I thought