Stuart Barnes picks his England back-row – and fans hate it

Number 8: Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)

“The major concern is Billy Vunipola at No 8, out of form and match practice. I expect the England head coach to retain him. My personal preference would be for a No 8 who combines carrying with offloading skills. Alex Dombrandt will not be picked. But he’s my selection.”

Alternative selection: “Curry at No 8 with Ben Earl and Underhill as flankers is my alternative, and far likelier, option.”


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