England will be missing some key players when they face Wales this weekend, so here’s the slightly experimental XV they should select…

15.Mike Brown

As the only internationally recognised full back available in the squad, Brown will bring a wealth of experience to an otherwise inexperienced backline.

14.Anthony Watson

One of England’s most consistent backs and without a doubt one of the first names on the teamsheet despite a difficult season with Bath.

13.Jonathan Joseph

He may not have had his best season for Bath but Joseph continues to be an important player in the England midfield and will help retain some consistency.

12.Elliot Daly

The only other viable option for the 12 shirt is Burrell who has had a poor season. Elliot may be more suited to 13, but has spent time training at inside centre with England.

11.Marland Yarde

Yarde is the only other out and out winger available to England for the game against Wales so Jones has little choice but to select the Harlequins man.


10.George Ford

With Owen Farrell playing for Saracens and Danny Cipriani not selected, Ford is the only full time 10 available so will pick up from the Six Nations.

9.Danny Care

Ben Youngs had a torrid time against Saracens last weekend, and with such an exciting backline, Care’s speed could be a huge bonus.

8.Jack Clifford

There are a limited number of options at eight in the current squad so the selection of Clifford gives England some extra breakdown firepower against Wales.

7.Teimana Harrison

He’s had an incredible season for Northampton and should be given a chance to show what he can do before England head to Australia.

6.Chris Robshaw

With a relatively inexperience back row, Robshaw will provide a calming influence whilst doing the legwork so Harrison and Clifford can thrive.


5.Joe Launchbury

Launchbury still remains a top quality international and proved that again against Exeter this weekend so England shouldn’t miss Kruis and Itoje too much.

4.Courtney Lawes

This is the perfect opportunity for Lawes to really step up on the international stage and make a case for a chance at playing against the Wallabies.

3.Paul Hill

With Dan Cole struggling for form, this test could be the perfect opportunity for Paul Hill to stake a claim for the number three shirt alongside Hartley and Mullan.

2.Dylan Hartley

Having only made a single appearance for Northampton since the Six Nations, Hartley needs as much game time as possible before the tour of Australia.

1.Matt Mullan

With Joe Marler ruling himself out of the Australia tour, now is the perfect opportunity for Matt Mullan to make a play for the starting jersey.