Eddie Jones has indicated that he sees the England Saxons team touring South Africa this summer as a development side, so here’s our XV…

15.Mike Haley

The Sale Sharks full back now has two full seasons of Premiership rugby under his belt and looks the real deal. Capping him for the Saxons would also help keep him away from Irish hands.

14.Alex Lewington

It may have been a disappointing season for London Irish, but Lewington has continued to remain one of their stand out stars and must now surely receive international recognition.

13.Johnny Williams

Another young Irish star who has managed to shine despite the relegation of London Irish and another player who could potentially be lured away by Ireland.

12.Harry Mallinder

The introduction of Mallinder into the Northampton 12 shirt earlier this season helped finally kickstart their season, and his ability to cover multiple positions makes him a must for the tour.

11.Christian Wade

It seems to finally be make or break time for Wade. The Saxons could therefore be the ideal proving ground for him to kick on push for a place during the Autumn Internationals.


10.Danny Cipriani

Not exactly a development prospect, but the options behind Ford and Farrell are somewhat limited so Cipriani remains the most viable option and must have earned a chance.

9.Dan Robson

Robson will be linking up with Cipriani next season and it will be interesting to see how this dynamic combination work together at half back given their preference for open rugby.

8.Dave Ewers

Better suited to playing blindside, but after an injury plagued season, Ewers at least deserves the opportunity to show what he can do as part of an international side.

7.Will Fraser

Fraser ousted Jacques Burger as Saracens prefered openside and has shown enough to suggest he could be a serious contender for England’s number seven shirt in 2019.

6.Sam Underhill

The Ospreys flanker may have to come under the exceptional circumstances ruling, but it’s vital England get him on board after the incredible season he has been having.


5.Dom Barrow

Barrow has been superb in the second half of the season for Leicester carrying hard and tackling anything that moves.

4.Charlie Matthews

The Quins lock still has plenty of developing to do, but despite this he has the toughness to really face up to the Boks and make a name for himself during the tour.

3.Kieran Brookes

For some reason Brookes hasn’t made the England tour of Australia so easing him back into international duty with the Saxons could be the best possible option.

2.Tommy Taylor

The Sale Sharks hooker is one of the few in the country who actually hook the ball and looks to be very much on Eddie Jones’ radar after being called up to the squad during the Six Nations.

1.Alex Waller

Waller has ensured that Saints barely noticed the departure of Alex Corbisiero and has enough Premiership experience under his belt to justify an inclusion on the Saxons tour.