We take a look at England’s potential starting XV and replacements to their Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield…
The incumbent, and probably England’s most well rounded full back right now.
Has shown time and again he has what it takes to play at the very highest level.
England’s stand-out player during last year’s Six Nations, and therefore deserves another shot.
Hardly the ideal scenario, but a lack of other options make this the lesser of two evils.
Injuries and suspensions have now cemented Nowell’s place in the starting XV.
With Farrell at 12, Ford should be given another shot at 10 to try to re-find his form.
Has been fantastic for Leicester this season, and has previously impressed for England.
As England’s only experienced option at eight, it seems inevitable Vunipola should start.
The only genuine openside in the squad, right now there seems no other choice.
Has been sublime for Quins this season since moving to the other side of the scrum.
Kruis has really upped his game for Saracens this season, and is the form lock right now.
Starting to look back to his best after a long injury lay-off last year.
With Kieran Brookes out injured, Cole is the only viable option right now.
Hartley’s experience sees him start, but should be challenged by George later in the tournament.
Vunipola has has a more impressive start to the season than Marler so deserves a shot on form.
George should see plenty of game time during the Six Nations, even if just off the bench for now.
An experienced front row forward who has plenty still to offer.
In the absence of Brookes, Hill looks England’s next best scrummager at tighthead.
Could well end up starting some of the final games of the tournament if he steps up off the bench.
Can cover all three positions in the back row making him ideal cover from the bench.
Is the only other option at scrum half, but has played well enough to earn some game time.
Can cover centre and full back, and offers something a little different to Joseph.
Offers something a bit different off the bench should he be required.