Is This The England XV That Should Face Wales In May?

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With England set to host Wales at Twickenham on 29th May, just a day after the Premiership final, we take a look at a possible starting XV. Note we have excluded all Saracens, Exeter, Wasps and Leicester players as they will either have been involved in the final the previous day, or had less than a week in training camp after the semis, therefore here is our side based on the recently announce training squad;

15.Mike Brown

Having someone with Brown’s experience will be vital in the backline so he cannot be overlooked for this test.

14.Alex Lewington

Lewington has been consistent for two solid seasons now and is fully deserving of a shot on the international stage.

13.Jonathan Joseph

The only other regular starter alongside Mike Brown who is guaranteed to be available, therefore Joseph must start.

12.Luther Burrell

Burrell has had something of a mixed season so far, but given the limited options at 12, his experience sees him get the nod.

11.Semesa Rokoduguni

Rokoduguni is one of the few Bath players who can come out of a hugely disappointing season with any sort of credit.

10.Danny Cipriani

Cipriani has shown better form throughout the season than Ford and therefore edges him out in the starting XV.

9.Danny Care

The combination of Care and Cipriani at half back is simply too tempting not to at least trial in a one off game.

8.Jack Clifford

You could just as easily switch Clifford with Harrison at eight, but the Quins man undoubtedly deserves a start.

7.Teimana Harrison

One of the form back rowers in the Premiership this season, could Harrison finally be the answer to England’s seven question?

6.Chris Robshaw

With Clifford and Harrison lacking international experience, Robshaw will help the back row keep their heads in a tough game.

5.Dave Attwood

He hasn’t seen much England action over the past 12 months, but Attwood looked a solid second row under Stuart Lancaster.

4.Courtney Lawes

He’s unlikely to permanently oust Itoje and Kruis, but Lawes has shown he can step up on the international stage.

3.Kieran Brookes

This is the perfect opportunity for Brookes to show he can step up on the international stage once more.

2.Dylan Hartley

Harley is back after a concussion lay off and now needs some game time ahead of this June’s tour of Australia.

1.Joe Marler

Had a disappointing few months with suspensions, but still remains one of England’s best looseheads when he keeps his head.

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