The Best Uncapped England Rugby XV: The nearly men

The Best Uncapped England Rugby XV: The nearly men

Fly-half: RYAN LAMB

In 2006, Lamb represented England at the IRB U21 World Championship. He then debuted for the England Saxons on his 21st birthday against the USA at the 2007 Churchill Cup. Lamb was also part of the Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008 and competed at the 2008 Churchill Cup, which the Saxons won. However, due to personal problems and injuries, he never really fulfilled his great potential and never won a senior England cap.

Scrum-half: MICKY YOUNG

Making over 200 Premiership appearances for Bath, Leicester and Newcastle Falcons, the scrum-half has proved himself one of the top flights most consistent performers.  Young received his first call up to the senior England squad by coach Eddie Jones on 8 May 2016 for a three-day training squad, but never really won close to winning a cap.


Originally playing at hooker, Vickers moved to the outside of the scrum where he established himself as a reliable force at loose-head prop with an uncanny ability to score tries. His stellar form was also enough to see him named in the English Saxons squad as they won the 2010 Churchill Cup. Despite his consistency, he was never really been in the mix for a full call-up.


Versatile forward Dave Ward joined Harlequins in 2012 from Cornish Pirates, a side he made more than 100 appearances for. It was during the 2013/14 season that Ward rose to fame with his electric form. Claiming five Man of the Match awards and becoming the pioneer of countless turnovers, he was the 2013/14 Players’ Player of the season. His efforts were rewarded by being named in Stuart Lancaster’s England squad for the 2014 tour of New Zealand, but he only played in the mid week win over the Crusaders.


The tight-head prop suffered a neck injury while playing for the Saracens Storm in November 2010 and, after receiving specialist medical advice, was left with no option but to retire. He was a premier scrummager.