An alternative England XV: We pick a team from players unlucky to miss out on Six Nations selection…
WINGER: OLLY WOODBURN
In-form Exeter wing Woodburn has been snubbed by England once again. Despite notching tries for fun last season, he was overlooked for the tour to Argentina and remains outside of Jones’ plans. The winger has beaten the second most defenders in the Premiership with 45 and has made the second-most metres 1,766.
FLY-HALF: DANNY CIPRIANI
Cipriani’s future may be unclear but what is not is that the 30-year-old is playing as well as any fly-half in the land. It seems highly unlikely he would stay at Wasps unless Eddie Jones has a change of heart and makes him part of his World Cup plans. Given that Jones has still to pick him two years after taking charge that seems improbable, even if England legend Jeremy Guscott says “Cipriani’s form suggests he should be in the squad. Full stop.”
SCRUM-HALF: DAN ROBSON
Similar to Wade, it’s tough to understand why this Wasps star hasn’t been given international recognition. Robson, despite playing a starring role in Wasps road to the Premiership final, was overlooked for England’s tour of Argentina in the summer, being ignored in favour of 20-year-old Jack Maunder. It’s hard to see why, but Jones’ just doesn’t fancy him.
PROP: RICHARD BARRINGTON
Arriving from Championship side Jersey in 2013, Barrington has managed to develop himself a reputation as a fine scrummager and a dependable prop forward. With Marler suspended, the Sarries prop must of been in with a chance of making Eddie Jones’ squad.