England’s side to face Scotland has been met with a wave of disappointment by fans so we’ve put together the XV Eddie Jones SHOULD HAVE selected…
He’s been one of England’s only stand out players over the last couple of years, and despite his age looks set to continue being a key figure, at least for the time being.
Another of England’s few bright sparks, Watson remains the kind of player who can create something out of nothing, and has the added advantage of being able to cover full back.
As the only in form English centre right now, Daly should have been at least on the bench, if not in the starting XV itself given his fine form for Wasps so far this season.
With Henry Slade and Manu Tuilagi injured, and Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees not at their best, the stop gap of Owen Farrell looks the only conceivable option right now.
With Jonny May injured, Nowell’s place is all but cemented on the wing after a series of impressive performances in an England shirt this time last year.
With Farrell at 12 to take kicking duties, Cipriani should have been paired with Care at half back to see what the two of them can do with such a potentially devastating back three.
This is a close call between Care and Youngs given they are both in fine form, however Care edges it thanks to his ability to spot an opening which is key with the back three selected.
Nathan Hughes comes into the reckoning in June, however at this stage Vunipola remains the best number 8 available to Jones and has been in good form for Saracens this season.
How Kvesic is only in the squad as injury cover is infuriating given the lack of other genuine opensides is unbelievable – have England learnt nothing since the World Cup?
He may have shouldered a good deal of the blame for the World Cup debacle, but Robshaw has bounced back superbly on the blindside for Quins so far this year.
Injuries somewhat hampered his season before the World Cup, but now Launchbury is back and looking like one of the best locks in England right now.
Alongside Daly, Itoje’s complete omission from this weekends game is baffling at the least, and infuriating at worst – he simply needs to be given a shot for England.
Not an ideal selection, however given the injury to Kieran Brookes, and the inexperience of Paul Hill, it’s difficult to see how anyone else could be selected here.
George has been the form hooker for England over the last 18 months, and should be starting, especially given the lack of form displayed by Hartley since coming back from injury.
For me, Vunipola has now surpassed Marler as the number one loosehead, so why he isn’t starting this weekend against Scotland is another head scratcher.