"Balance of youth and experience" - Sir Ian McGeechan picks his England XV for the Autumn - Ruck

“Balance of youth and experience” – Sir Ian McGeechan picks his England XV for the Autumn

Legendary coach Sir Ian McGeechan has analysed the options Eddie Jones has at the disposal and has picked his England XV that he believes the ‘right balance of youth and experience’.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, McGeechan interestingly didn’t even mention Owen Farrell’s name in his 700+ word post.

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  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Jonny May (Gloucester)
  • 11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)

McGeechan wrote: “How about a combination of the experienced Jonny May, the super-quick Adam Radwan and 6ft 5in counter-attacking full-back Freddie Steward, who is steady under the high ball and has a remarkable ability to break tackles from deep. That’s a balanced back three that blends youth and experience.”


  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)