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Monday, January 14, 2008

Tom Croft's two great tries vs Harlequins

After only 15 starts for the Leicester Tigers, Tom Croft has been included in Brian Ashton's 32 man England squad for the upcoming Six Nations after some stirling performances that display the kind of potential that could make him an international star in years to come.

Only 22 years old, Croft has incredible pace, handling skills and strength. Croft has already earned the respect of his Tigers team-mate Martin Corry, a man who knows a thing or two about playing flanker for England.

"England have never really had his sort of player - he looks lean but he's very strong, very quick and very skilful," said Corry.

Tigers' forwards coach Richard Cockerill has indirectly made claims that Croft is quicker than speedsters Alesana Tuilagi and Seru Rabeni.
“He’s probably the second quickest player in our squad after Tom Varndell.”

Despite all the praise he's been receiving, Croft's call up to the England squad took him by surprise.

"It was a big shock," he said.
"I knew the papers had been talking about me being in the squad, but I expected to be in the Saxons team really. But this is brilliant."
"I am not in the team yet, but it will be a great experience anyway."

Last weekend in the Guiness Premiership he finished off to cracking Leicester tries against the Harlequins, showing once again that he's a tremendously exciting player with great awareness and the skills of a back.



  • More about Harlquins being woeful. Defence what is defence? Have you ever heard a more boring commentator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 11:23 am  

  • both tries were overrated. walked over for the first, caught and walked over for the second.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 1:09 pm  

  • I dont understand why you guys decided to show this when there was so much great stuff in french TOP 14 of last week wit Toulouse... What about that Clerc's hat trick ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 2:22 pm  

  • Anonymous number 3 (use a nickname next time please), provide us with footage and we'll happily show it.

    By Blogger Rugbydump, at January 14, 2008 2:47 pm  

  • Maybe this kid has a bright future for England, but neither of these clips really showed the pace the coaches are speaking of.

    The flanker that always impressed me with his pace was Olivier Magne -- ask any Kiwi.

    By Anonymous Cheyanquí, at January 14, 2008 3:04 pm  

  • Think people are slightly missing the point here. Croft's tries were very good tries but they were TEAM tries - the first showed some lovely draw and gives by Corry, Murphy and Smith, whilst the 2nd starts with a move from the 22 where Mauger and Smith tear up the quins defence, giving Croft a well taken try.

    They were both great tries but not individual efforts as people seem to be trying to judge them on - although both were well taken and show good awareness and positioning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 4:53 pm  

  • Please please please, can you get varndels other tries from this mach. I havnt seen them yet :(

    By Anonymous Martin Johnson, at January 14, 2008 7:37 pm  

  • I second what Martin Johnson said.

    I really wanna see those tries!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2008 9:43 pm  

  • Martin,
    how about one of those many clips of you gouge or punch a guy in a maul.. Oh yeah, those never show up...

    Because the cameramen were British and so they always aimed at me

    By Anonymous Mark Andrews, at January 14, 2008 11:00 pm  

  • It shouldnt have said tom croft's two great tries as it was two great team tries and not an individual effort as suggested.. there was no show of pace as said by the coaches.. and it was really poor defending for the cross kick..barry was obviousy at a disadvantage but he shld have made it more difficult for croft instead of standing there and watching..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 15, 2008 2:08 am  

  • They dont have any clips caus there sooooo scared thai if they show them i will punch or gouge them to. So shutup you pussy

    By Anonymous Martin Johnson, at January 15, 2008 7:32 pm  

  • fight fight figtht fight
    get over your massiveness mates

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2008 11:22 am  

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