An alternative England XV: We pick a team from players unlucky to miss out on Six Nations selection…
LOCK: JONNY HILL
Hill has been thriving of late with Exeter Chiefs, proving himself to be an efficient lineout operator and warrior at the breakdown. However, like Green, will struggle to displace any of the England regulars.
FLANKER: MARK WILSON
Flanker was one of the most eagerly-contested positions prior to England’s summer tour to Argentina. Although Sam Underhill and Tom Curry both impressed, it was Wilson who particularly stood out with two barnstorming displays. Jones put his none-selection down to form, but that’s hard to buy when you look at how the Falcons have performed this season so far and the fact Wilson is the third top tackler in the division with 177. His advancing years probably haven’t helped him.
FLANKER: DON ARMAND
Following a standout display in England’s final Autumn International against Samoa, it was a bit of a surprise that he wasn’t included in Eddie Jones squad. The 29-year-old made his England debut in June, but like Wilson seems to have been overlooked in favour of younger players.
NUMBER 8: LEWIS LUDLOW
The Cherry and Whites back-rower has made the most tackles in the Premiership, landing 206 hits already this season. He’s probably been unlucky that Exeter’s Sam Simmonds has been so outstanding so far this season.