England’s Missing XV For The 2016 Six Nations Is Pretty Damn Special

Tom Youngs

We take a look at the players who missed out on England’s Six Nations squad (excluding those who are ineligible due to playing in France)…

15.Chris Pennell

The Worcester man is quite possibly one of the most underrated players in the Premiership and may have seen more international recognition had he been playing for another club recently.

14.Semesa Rokoduguni

After just one game against the All Blacks the Bath flyer was inexplicably dropped and has remained off the radar despite his incredible performances in the Premiership and Europe.

13.Luther Burrell

After being replaced by Sam Burgess for England’s ill-fated World Cup campaign, Burrell now looks to have been cast aside once again on the international front.

12.Kyle Eastmond

Whether it’s his size, or simply that coaches don’t rate him, Eastmond continues to be overlooked despite appearing to be one of England’s most skilled ball playing centres.

11.Christian Wade

Injuries have hampered his ability to stake a claim recently, but he is continually overlooked despite regularly scoring impressive tries that most others would struggle with.

10.Danny Cipriani

It looks like Cipriani’s England dream could finally be over at 27 unless injuries strike. He is a creative force in the midfield, however his erratic goal kicking could be a factor here.

9.Joe Simpson

Probably the most inexplicable omission from Eddie Jones’ squad, Simpson continues to shine for Wasps yet has been overlooked once more for this year’s Six Nations.

8.Thomas Waldrom

Age may have been a deciding factor here, however Waldrom’s form, particularly on the try scoring front makes him exclusion a bit of a head scratcher for many.

7.Will Fraser

The Saracens man finally looks to have overcome his injury struggles and has been in fine form this season. He also would have given England a genuine option at seven.

6.Tom Wood

It seemed inevitable that either Wood or Robshaw would be dropped given their similarities. There is however no doubting that Wood is still a fine player with plenty to offer.

5.Geoff Parling

Another player who may have now seen his last England cap due to age, but Parling is still a class act and one of the finest lineout operators in the Northern Hemisphere.

4.Dave Attwood

Attwood’s form has somewhat faltered over the last six months meaning he has been surpassed by a number of rising stars in the second row for England.

3.David Wilson

With Kieran Brookes out injured, the experience of Wilson could have been vital for England, but Jones has instead opted to go with his young Bath teammate Henry Thomas.

2.Tom Youngs

Question Marks remain over his work at the set piece, but around the park Youngs has been fantastic for club and country so could yet still challenge for a squad place.

1.Alex Waller

The Northampton man has ensured the Saints aren’t worried about the loss of Alex Corbisiero, however it seems only a matter of time before he sees international recognition.



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