The 2015 World Cup could see a number of English players retiring, which will open up opportunities for some of the below 11 players…

1. Alex Lewington

The London Irish winger was believed to be close to an England call-up in 2015, however it looks like 2016 could be his year if he can maintain last seasons form.

2. Dom Barrow

Barrow can play both lock and flanker, has agreed a move to Leicester Tigers this summer which could see him come into England contention before too long.

3. Nathan Hughes

Hughes will gain English residency in June 2016 and will likely find himself brought straight into the England squad to put pressure on Ben Morgan and Billy Vunipola.

4. Josh Beaumont

Coming from good stock (his father is Bill), Beaumont can play both lock and number 8 and showed his promise in a breakout season for Sale Sharks last time around.

5. Mark Wilson

Wilson is another who was believed to be on the verge of an England call up in 2015, and could find himself given a shot next year if he can maintain his form.


6. Alex Waller

The Northampton Saints prop has proven a more than adequate replacement for Alex Coribisiero and could find himself on the fringes of the squad.

7. Dan Robson

Robson will be playing alongside Joe Simpson at Wasps this year and will be hoping to press his claims for inclusion after having his opportunities limited at Gloucester.

8. Maro Itoje

Having narrowly missed out on the 2015 World Cup squad, it looks almost certain that Itoje will find himself in the England squad for the 2016 Six Nations squad.

9. Jamie Elliott

Northampton Saints winger Elliott has been in fine form for the midlands club over the last couple of seasons, and will be hoping to earn international recognition.

10. Mike Haley

The Sale Sharks full back edged out Italian international Luke McLean last season and could soon find himself pushing for an international spot.

11. Luke Wallace

Wallace is a more traditional openside than Chris Robshaw and will be hoping England see the need for the inclusion of a player like him before too long.


12. Nick Auterac

With Paul James having left Bath over the summer, Auterac will soon find himself with more game time at loosehead which could help him press his claims.

13. Sam Hill

With Henry Slade and Jack Nowell already starring for England, Exeter Chiefs centre Hill could find himself being the next of Rob Baxter’s men to make Lancaster’s squad.

14. Mike Haywood

Haywood has found himself with more game time than he may have expected thanks to Dylan Hartley’s continued absences and could find himself replacing him for England.

15. Will Fraser

The Saracens man was called up by England only for injury to once again hamper his career. If he can stay fit though he could become a key figure for Stuart Lancaster’s side.

16. Jack Clifford

The Harlequins man can play right across the back row and is already making a big impression for his club, the next step has to be international recognition.