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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 March, 2005, 14:50 GMT
Ask Brian Moore
Brian Moore
2005 Six Nations
Live on BBC Sport

We asked you to send your Six Nations questions and comments to the former British Lions, England and Harlequins hooker Brian Moore.

Brian played 64 times for England, and won five Lions caps in a career that ran from 1985 to 1997.

These days he sits alongside Eddie Butler in the commentary box, covering this year's Six Nations tournament.

Thanks very much for all your questions - a selection appears below.


Qu: What did Vincent Moscato do to you in 1992 that got him sent off? Was that the worst discipline you ever saw a French team display?

Dave Martin, England

BM: I didn't do anything! This is a common misconception, because at this point he was playing prop...Moscato had been told off by the referee for butting, and then he saw Jeff Probyn pulling funny faces at him, which drove him crazy! So he head-butted him. Again. And was sent off. It was so typical of the French at that time.


Qu: Simple question - Julian White or Phil Vickery at tight-head?

Matt Taylor, UK

BM: For pure scrummaging power it's got to be Julian White - but Phil is a terrific player.


Qu: What would your solution be to the club v country crisis?

Ian Dootson, USA

BM: Is there one? First of all I don't think there is a crisis. There has to be the right balance, which I think there is at the moment. England cannot expect the clubs - who pay the players - to be at their beck and call, and equally the clubs need to realise that the international game drives the sport.


Qu: Which hooker from the four countries has impressed you - and who would you choose for the Lions XV?

Mark Jamieson, Scotland

BM: I guess it would have to be Ireland's Shane Byrne - he's the form hooker.


Qu: Why are put-ins no longer straight - surely it's still in the laws? Feeding seems to have become endemic.

Mark Ledbury, England

BM: Ask the referees! But it's an interesting point, as I recently read an IRB report that told referees to ensure that every put-in looks like a credible feed! And that's coming from the IRB, which is odd. But I agree, we often see balls rolled to the second-row, which doesn't really give the opposing hooker a chance.


Qu: If you were still playing what would it take to get you to wear a scrum-cap and body armour?

Dave K, England

BM: Not a lot actually - although I wouldn't wear a scrum-cap. I'd certainly wear padding, because tackling these days has become less defensive and more offensive. Players use weights far more than we used to - and they're all far bigger and hit harder.


Qu: Are England in serious trouble or is this simply a transitional phase?

Dan Bourne, England

BM: I think it is a transitional period. The worst thing you could do is panic. England have lost more than 100 caps in the last year, which is a serious amount. The problem is that the replacements lack experience, and the only way you get this is by playing, and yes, occasionally by losing. The guys they're up against have played more Tests, and knew how to close up tight games. The thing to bear in mind is that none of the games have been lost by more than a few points.


Qu: You enjoyed winding up the French - what is your favourite memory of sledging them and getting them to react?

Jimmy Smith, Scotland

BM: I think it has to be the '15 Eric Cantonas' jibe in 1995. The funny thing about it is they were so keen to keep their discipline and be nice they forgot it was rugby, and we annihilated them.


Qu: I remember an infamous newspaper picture of you on Sydney Harbour bridge following the Lions series triumph of 1989 - my question is - do you?

Graham Bower, Australia

BM: The honest answer is no...I don't! And I'm pretty sure there weren't any pictures, although I can't be sure. Basically what happened is that after celebrating I must have found my way onto the bridge, and according to David Hands from the Times and Terry Cooper of the Press Association I was running against the flow of traffic on the bridge doing aeroplane impressions. They actually saved me...and I don't remember a thing!


Qu: Steve Thompson - great in the loose but his throwing seems awry! What's the solution?

Stephen Murray, USA

BM: When Steve Thompson is on form he is magnificent. He is powerful in the loose and is a good thrower - when he's on form. Throwing is a vital skill for a hooker, and obviously he hasn't been on fire recently. If England want to explore other options they have to do it in a live environment, and give a replacement a proper chance, which means a whole match, not 10 minutes. I'd like to see George Chuter get a chance - not least because if Thompson is injured his replacement needs to have experience.


Qu: Do you think Andy Farrell will be able to make the transition from league to union?

Paul Cox, England

BM: Well I certainly hope so as he's been an expensive buy. I don't really understand it at all, especially given his age and the position. Is he a centre? No - he's not quick enough. So he'll have to play in the back-row, which is a very technical area, and he'll need to get up to speed quickly. If the RFU are determined to spend loads of money on a league player then fine, but buy Leeds Rhinos stand-off Danny McGuire - he's young, quick and has time to learn.


Qu: Do you still have nightmares about Scotland v England in 1990?

Graham Wynde, UK

BM: I don't have pleasant memories of that day, and it's not a subject I'm going to elaborate on now...





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