With the Rugby World Cup just months away, we think the next few weeks are the ideal time for England to take a look at these seven players…
Slade has been in phenomenal form for the Chiefs of late and would make a great addition to the current England squad. His ability to cover 10, 12 and 13 make him a key asset ahead of the World Cup were versatility in players is important. Slade also looks to have a very bright future for England so needs as much experience as possible.
Simpson has been a bit hit and miss for club and country over the years, however his form for Wasps suggests he is worth at least taking another look at. His blistering pace and high tempo game could well suit the current England playing style, and on current form it will be hard to ignore him for too much longer.
Nowell had a decent run for England this time last year but failed to nail down a starting place with his performances. Since then he has developed well for Exeter and proven he is more than capable of playing across the back three or at outside centre. Given the lack of form Jonny May has shown of late Nowell has to be worth another look.
Garvey is just about the most in-form forward in the entire Premiership, and for that reason alone deserves to at least be in contention. Capable of covering England’s current problem position of lock, but more suited to playing on the blindside, he is surely deserving of a chance. His workrate for Bath this year would be well suited to England.
Clark hasn’t been the most popular play in the Premiership over the last few years after picking up a ban for deliberately hyper-extending an opponents arm, however what you cannot deny is the incredible form he has shown so far this season. For this reason it may be time for Lancaster to take another look at him and give him a chance in the England side.
Daly has been on the England radar for some time now, but has only really begun to shine on a regular basis this season after spending more time in his preferred position of outside centre. During this weekends game with Newcastle he set up two tries and scored one himself in an impressive display and also has a howitzer of a boot on him.
The Bath tighthead has been in impressive form for Bath this year with the most pleasing aspect being his improvement in the scrum. Over the weekend he completely dominated an impressive Northampton Saints front row and has already proven that his ball carrying and general play in the loose is up to scratch.
Who do you think England should take a look at before the Six Nations is over?