With rumours of an England Saxons tour of South Africa this summer, we look at what the potential matchday squad might look like…
The Sale full back has been in superb form over the last 18 months, and with Mike Brown ageing, England need to find some alternative options at full back for the future.
The London Irish winger has been talked up for quite some time, and now must surely be given a chance to see if he can cut it on the international stage.
Despite London Irish’s troubles this season, the emergence of Johnny Williams has helped to breed some positivity in the camp, and he deserves some recognition.
After a tough start to the season, the emergence of Harry Mallinder in the Northampton midfield has helped turn their season around.
Now is the time to finally see if Wade is able to handle the pressures of international rugby, and where better to do it than against the physical South Africans?
It’s hard to see Cipriani leapfrogging Ford or Farrell at this stage, but it doesn’t harm to give him some game time in case either player picks up an injury.
Robson has stepped in for Joe Simpson superbly this season and must surely be knocking on the England door based on his performances so far.
There would be a temptation to take Beaumont to Australia for the main tour, but some regular game time with the Saxons may be more beneficial.
With Sam Underhill likely to travel to Australia, now is the perfect time to give Saracens flanker Will Fraser some experience with the Saxons.
Injuries seem to have crept up every time Slater has been in with a shout of an England call up, however his experience would be hugely beneficial for the Saxons side.
At present there are at least four locks ahead of Attwood in the pecking order, however it doesn’t harm to give him some continued international experience.
Although it’s hard to see Gaskell making the senior England side now, his versatility could be a huge bonus for the Saxons side at the very least.
Very similar to with Beaumont, Hill would likely gain more benefit from starting for the Saxons than touring with the senior side and receiving little to no game time.
After Jamie George’s injury, Taylor was called up as injury cover so must not be given time to build on his experience in the England camp.
It’s hard to see what more Mullan could do to state his case for some game time with England, so perhaps the Saxons might help him make the final push.