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James Graham
Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:12 pm
Posted by Wilde 3 on Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:12 pm
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After next week's test I wonder if he will announce his retirement from International matches. I think this has been his most ineffective series. Not made the same yards he has in previous years, less impact in the tackle and not being used for his 'ball handling'. With big dynamic props such as Taylor, Watts, Walmsley and with Sam Burgess to come back in, I think many of the props have gone ahead of Graham in the pecking order for me.

Great player in his day, just think with preparation for the World Cup, the focus should be put on the others
Re: James Graham
Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:40 pm
Posted by ThePrinter on Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:40 pm
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I can’t see him retiring but it’s another player along with O’Loughlin you have to question their age moving towards the next WC. Unlike O’Loughlin, Graham probably will still be playing at club level in 2021 but will be aged 36.
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Re: James Graham
Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:42 pm
Posted by Trainman on Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:42 pm
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I see where you’re coming from. Bennett & England need to be careful. Most will have the same opinion of SOL.

These types of players are more valuable to the team than their performance in terms of influence on others etc
Re: James Graham
Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:17 pm
Posted by Nothus on Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:17 pm
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Sounds a bit harsh given his contributions over the years, but he was poor on Sunday. Almost completely anonymous.
I think he did take a knock in a tackle early in the game though, so perhaps that had something to do with it.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:29 pm
Posted by Bullseye on Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:29 pm
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Graham looked concussed to me so a bit harsh to judge on Sunday’s performance.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:05 pm
Posted by Nothus on Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:05 pm
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Bullseye wrote:
Graham looked concussed to me so a bit harsh to judge on Sunday’s performance.


If he was concussed then that raises a whole heap of questions.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:36 pm
Posted by Biff Tannen on Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:36 pm
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Depends.he is one to keep an eye on.i think he has been decent series. If his club form warrants selection then he should be picked and i don't think he should or will retire after this test.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:47 pm
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:47 pm
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O’Loughlin should retire from internationals after this series. Graham is still one of the best props we have and should play on for England in 2019.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:02 pm
Posted by Someday on Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:02 pm
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Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:
O’Loughlin should retire from internationals after this series. Graham is still one of the best props we have and should play on for England in 2019.

Agree if he wants to let him has long has he does not let anyone down he himself will know when he is no good
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:15 pm
Posted by QwerkyCat on Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:15 pm
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Graham is still playing in the best league in the world, he’ll still be playing international footy long after Chris Hill and Sean O’Loughlin (who rightly so should end his international career this year)
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