england rugby

With England’s Six Nations opener against Wales just a few weeks away do you think this side could be the one to leave Cardiff with a win under their belts?

1.Joe Marler

Marler has been solid for England in the absence of Corbisiero and Vunipola so deserves to retain his place.

2.Dylan Hartley

Hartley’s disciplinary problems are still there however there’s no doubting he’s England’s best hooker right now.

3.David Wilson

Like Marler, Wilson has performed well in the absence of Dan Cole so should keep his place in the XV on merit.

4.Courtney Lawes

Lawes has been England’s most consistent lock over the last 18 months and is integral both in the loose and at the line-out.

5.Dave Attwood

In the absence of Joe Launchbury, the power of Dave Attwood adds to England’s pack, particularly in the scrum.

6.James Haskell

There’s an argument for keeping Tom Wood here, however for me Haskell is a little bit more dynamic so should be given a chance.

7.Chris Robshaw

Robshaw has been England’s Mr Consistent recently and deserves to stay on as captain as he prepares for the World Cup.

8.Steffon Armitage

With Ben Morgan injured and Billy Vunipola out of sorts for England then Steffon Armitage should be given his chance.


9.Danny Care

Care should be brought back into the starting XV where his dynamism could be an excellent foil for George Ford to work off.

10.George Ford

Ford may not have much game time for England so far, but his performances so far dictate he deserves to retain the 10 shirt.

11.Jonny May

A close call with Anthony Watson, however May’s recent try scoring exploits mean he should be allowed to continue out wide.

12.Owen Farrell

I know many aren’t big fans of Farrell, however with Tuilagi likely missing he adds a certain balance to the centres.

13.Luther Burrell

Burrell was excellent for England at 13 during last year’s Six Nations so deserves another shot to see if he is up to task.

14.Semesa Rokoduguni

Rokoduguni was unceremoniously dumped after the All Blacks game last year, however he is deserving of another chance for England.

15.Mike Brown

Brown was England’s top performer this time last year so should be given the chance to re-find that form once more.


16.Rob Webber

Webber has proved a more than capable backup to Dylan Hartley so deserves a place on the bench as a minimum.

17.Alex Corbisiero

Corbisiero needs as much game time for England as possible before the World Cup and should therefore be coming on off the bench.

18.Dan Cole

England need to avoid rushing Cole back too quickly so it makes sense to start him on the bench for the time being at least.

19.George Kruis

Kruis proved to be a pleasant surprise for many England fans during the Autumn Internationals so deserves another shot.

20.Tom Wood

If not starting Wood should definitely be on the bench where he can cover all three positions in the back row if needs be.

21.Ben Youngs

Youngs has been somewhat inconsistent recently, however he should be given another chance to prove himself for England.

22.Danny Cipriani

It is now or never for Danny Cipriani, he should therefore be given a chance off the bench to see if he can make the step up.

23.Anthony Watson

Watson could be an excellent option off the bench as defences tire whilst also covering wing and full back for England.

Who would you select for England’s opener?