Bath are currently flying at the moment after beating Top 14 giants Toulouse in France. This kind of form should dictate that these nine players are given a chance during the Six Nations.
Ford quite simply has to start in the number 10 shirt for England during the Six Nations. He showed enough during the Autumn Internationals to back up his impressive performances in the Premiership and is now helping steer Bath to some impressive European victories.
With Owen Farrell struggling for form and the English backline not quite firing recently, Ford looks the most likely candidate to get things moving again. He offers a potent threat in attack whilst also recently proving his defence is up to scratch.
Watson is currently one of England’s most exciting prospects and looks like he will only get better with age. Whilst his long-term England future looks likely to be at full back, for the time being he offers something out on the wing that none of the other candidates do.
The Bath flier showed enough in his appearances during the Six Nations to suggest he is worth at least another start. With pace to burn and an impressive step he could provide the spark the backline has been lacking over the last couple of years.
Webber has looked like more than just solid cover when he has appeared for England and now looks like he has edged Tom Youngs out as Dylan Hartley’s back-up. There is however an argument for him being given more opportunity to start for England ahead of the World Cup.
With Dylan Hartley’s penchant for getting himself banned there’s a good chance Stuart Lancaster may have to call on Webber more than he may have originally bargained for. However, given his form Webber deserves more opportunities than just because Hartley is on the naughty step.
Eastmond remains one of England’s most potent centres and looks like he could form an impressive partnership with Manu Tuilagi, if only they could both be fit at the same time. That aside he should be given the chance to rekindle his club partnership outside George Ford.
Whilst issues may still remain regarding Eastmond’s kicking and defensive game, given his form compared to the other contenders for the 12 jersey Lancaster would have to be mad not to consider giving him another chance during the Six Nations.
For some bizarre reason Joseph continues to be ignored by the England coaching staff despite being included in the squad. His form for Bath and lack of competition for the 13 shirt should dictate he is given a run-out during the Six Nations.
His performance against Toulouse this weekend was nothing short of sublime as he proved he is capable of performing against one of the toughest teams in Europe. The opportunity to have a 10, 12 ,13 axis from Bath could also add some consistency into the England squad.
With first choice locks Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes likely to miss at least the beginning of the Six Nations, now is the chance for Attwood to really prove his worth to England. A partnership of him and Geoff Parling could provide nice balance to the second row.
There’s no doubting that Attwood provides extra ballast in the scrum, but he has also shown for Bath this season that there is much more to his game. This Six Nations will be his best opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting spot.
For some reasons Rokoduguni was unceremoniously dumped from the England starting line-up during the Autumn Internationals after just one game. Whilst he does face competition for a start, he has shown enough quality for Bath this season to be given another chance.
Rokoduguni has shown in both the Premiership and Europe that he is one of the most devastating finishers England currently possess and surely therefore cannot be ignored given the sides try scoring problems of late.
Wilson has been given plenty of opportunity for England in the absence of Dan Cole and certainly hasn’t disappointed. We are now at a stage where Cole will have to work bloody hard to stand a chance of winning the starting shirt back from Wilson.
Given his form over the last 18 months Wilson should continue on as England’s starting tighthead unless Cole proves himself otherwise. It’s a fantastic position England find themselves in with two quality tightheads battling it out.
At this stage it’s probably a bit early to be including Burgess in the England match day 23, however a place in the Saxons team who face the Irish Wolfhounds is a distinct possibility as is a potential cameo against Italy during the Six Nations.
If Stuart Lancaster has any thoughts of selecting Burgess in his World Cup squad then he needs to expose him to the current England set-up as early as possible. For this reason he should be included in the wider squad and given the chance should he prove himself in training.
Which of these nine players do you think deserve a chance in the England team?