This weekend, Saturday to be precise, will see England go head on with Australia, in a game that has been said would be quite an intense match.

With England hoping to add one more win to their 13 so far, to make it 14 in a row, and Australia with the view of consolidating on their recent wins and a loss last weekend to Ireland, the stage is set for a huge game.

Nick Easter, the former forward for England, who featured in 64 games for his country, and made about 184 appearances for the Harlequins, recently went on to analyze the upcoming game, picking three Australian players that he feels England would need to watch out for.

Speaking about Australia, Easter had said,

“Australia are similar to Argentina in that England will face a side who want to play unstructured rugby but they are far more clinical in attack.

“They have better players in a better team and it’ll be a fired up Wallabies team who will be hurting from both the summer whitewash and the loss to Ireland last weekend.”
Easter went on to mention the three players who he says are Israel Folau, TevitaKuridrani, and David Pocock.

For Folau, who has 51 caps and 20 tries, Easter sees him as a dangerous attacking weapon in the Australian team, who is quite capable in the air. And he expects England to watch him closely.

The second player, Kuridrani has 44 caps and 14 tries, and Easter says that the autumn series has seen the centre rediscover his form and stand out amongst the rest of the squad.

Pocock, the third player, has 65 caps and seven tries with his position at the flank. Easter sees him as the guy that could cause the England team quite a lot of problems, especially when he combines with his team mate, Michael Cooper.

Brown And Easter Hoping For Harlequins Rebound

Harlequins played very poorly against the Exeter Chiefs in their last outing to lose 36-25 and this has not gone down well with the coaching staff.

Mike Brown is looking for recoil from this losing situation in the next Harlequins game where they will be taking on the champions Saracens. The new member of the coaching staff Nick Easter echoes the same thing that Mike Brown is saying. He feels that the loss was due to the team not sticking on to the game plan.

The Harlequins had three tries at Sandy Park; they did very poorly on defense and the set piece. They had a very good attacking game against the Chiefs. Four of the tries that Exeter earned were through set pieces. One of the issues that have come into the limelight is the teething problems that the team is suffering from the new coaching regime with John Kingston at its helm and the promotion of player Easter as a defense coach and using Graham Rowentree as the forwards coach. Brown is of the opinion that it is not the coaches, but the players that need to take the blame. They did not work as per plan and this is why they lose.

Nick Easter Wonders How To Manage His Dual Role

When John Kingston was appointed as director of rugby, he announced that Easter would play the role of a coach foremost before he assumes the role of a player for the team.

Hence, it would be grueling for him to find adequate time to fulfill training requirements, attend meetings and analytical sessions besides being one of the boys as well. There is a fine line between being a player and a coach and he would have to work on that as well.

At a time when there is a lot going on among the rugby clubs in Europe, Nick Easter assumes a dual role that promises to be challenging for him. While some players like Joe Marley has been banned for two weeks on the grounds of misconduct, other teams are sprucing up their players for the finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Nick Easter voices weight concern for youngsters

Former England captain and Harlequins FC No. 8 Nick Easter has joined the chorus of a growing opposition to raise concerns about the gym monkey tradition that has become rife in the sport in the academy level amid fears that many careers will be cut short by brutal on field collisions in the future.

The 36 year old, who only became a professional eleven seasons ago and never had any formal academy training, believes that the size of the youngsters who are now making their way into the sport are a cause for concern. According to reports, the England Under-18 side that played against Wales in 2014 was heavier – man for man – than the senior England side that Will Carling led to the Rugby World Cup final in 1991.

According to Nick Easter, if he had been playing at club and international level week in and week out at 20 or 21 years of age in a position that requires a lot of attrition like No. 8, he is not sure that his body would be in the same condition as it is now. He added that is what most youngsters that are coming through fear. These players are two to three stones heavier than the previous generations of Under-18 sides and yet, they are running at much higher speeds which make a collision even more dangerous.

Jarryd Hayne Signs Up With 49ers

Jarryd Hayne has reportedly signed up with San Francisco 49ers recently on a reserves/future contract deal.

The 27-year-old rugby hero, who was felicitated as 2014 NRL Player, declared the news in one of his recent new conferences that took place in Sydney. As per the press reports, Jarryd chose 49ers over Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

According to the statement of the player, when he was told about 49ers interest in him, he was apprehensive given coaching switch right from Harbaugh (Jim) to Tomsula (Jim). However, he met Tomsula and had discussions with him for long which made him realize that “probably he was the sole coach with such a vast understanding about transition.”

San Francisco guaranteed him $100,000 which was not with Detroit and Hayne did not waste time to finalize his contract with 49ers.

“It’s a little step but in right direction”, noted Hayne. “It’s now that the tough stuff starts.”

Nick Easter still harbours England dreams

Harlequins FC number 8 Nick Easter is keen to rejoin the England set up because he believes he still has a lot of unfinished business in the international scene.

The Englishman has not featured for the national team since the debacle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, following the arrival of Stuart Lancaster as head coach. But with Ben Morgan ruled out for the upcoming Six Nations Championship with a broken leg and facing a race against time to be fit for the Rugby World Cup on home soil in the summer, Easter his staked his claim for a place in the squad.

Easter stated that he still has that hunger he always had to play for England, maybe even stronger. He went on to add that he thinks that he is a much better player now than he was when he was last capped by England, stating that his decision making has improved and he has cut down on his off field antics as well.