With the 2016 Six Nations just over a month away, we give Eddie Jones a helping hand on the selection front…

*Note this team is based only on players who are likely to be available or who have had sufficient game time this season.

15.Alex Goode

Mike Brown is still a top quality option, however Goode is in the form of his life for Saracens where he has made his mark as their second receiver. He also has age on his side.

14.Anthony Watson

It’s been a tough couple of months for Bath so far, however Watson has shown enough over the last 12 months in an England shirt to justify his continued inclusion.

13.Elliot Daly

With Manu Tuilagi only just about to return from injury, and Jonathan Joseph not quite back to his best, now is the time to give Wasps centre Daly his opportunity in the centres.

12.Billy Twelvetrees

Not the ideal situation at 12, and as soon as Henry Slade recovers from injury he slots straight in here, but for now Twelvetrees covers after making a decent start to the season with Gloucester.

11.Jack Nowell

With Jonny May likely to miss most of the Six Nations through injury, Nowell’s spot on the wing should now be assured given his form for both Exeter and England in 2015.

10.Owen Farrell

This isn’t even an argument about Ford being off form, instead it is entirely down to just how impressive Farrell has been in conducting the Saracens backline so far this season.

9.Joe Simpson

Scrum half is one area where England currently have a number of options playing well, but after a superb 18 months, now is the time for Simpson to get a crack at the nine shirt.


8.Billy Vunipola

With Ben Morgan barely featuring this season, and Nathan Hughes not eligible to June Vunipola gets the nod over Waldrom purely based on the fact he’ll still be around in 2019.

7.Matt Kvesic

Kvesic is likely to find he has some serious challengers for the seven shirt over the next couple of years, but for now his form for Gloucester earns him at least a chance to prove himself.

6.Maro Itoje

Ideally Itoje should be in the second row, but with Launchbury and Kruis playing so well he slots into the back row here where he is still more than capable of doing a fine job for England.

5.Joe Launchbury

The Wasps man looked a shadow of his former self during the World Cup but has bounced back at club level and is looking somewhere near the form he was displaying some time ago.

4.George Kruis

The Saracens lock may not be the first name on every team sheet, but he can no longer be ignored after a string of top class performances for the current Premiership leaders.

3.Petrus du Plessis

Dan Cole looks a shadow of his former self and injury keeps Kieran Brookes out so the Saracens man steps in to fill a short term hole having been sublime for his club this season.

2.Jamie George

George is currently the most in form hooker in England right now and can utilise his experience alongside Kruis, Vunipola and Itoje to run a highly efficient set piece.

1.Mako Vunipola

Joe Marler appears to be struggling slightly in the set piece whilst Vunipola’s scrummaging has come on leaps and bounds meaning he jumps ahead in the pecking order.


16.Mike Haywood

Currently keeping Dylan Hartley out of the Saints team, and for good reason.

17.Matt Mullan

Has been absolutely superb for Wasps over the last 18 months.

18.Dan Cole

Nowhere near his best, but injuries to other options sees him involved.

19.Courtney Lawes

Can play at six or lock whilst adding impact from the bench.

20.Chris Robshaw

His experience should still count for something, whilst he also offers versatility.

21.Danny Care

Has looked superb so far for Quins this season and has bags of experience.

22.Danny Cipriani

Offers something different to Owen Farrell to help shake games up a bit.

23.Chris Ashton

His try scoring form this season and injuries to others sees him given another shot.