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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: DAN ROBSON 

The 25-year-old enjoyed an eye-catching 2016/17 season as well, playing 30 times for Wasps and scoring nine tries. Will Greenwood was one of many to be perplexed when Eddie Jones yet again snubbed the playmaker last week. By far the best uncapped English scrum-half in the game today.


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’s 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.


3 Responses

  1. Yuri Nator

    Tom French of Wasps, winner of the 2007 Heineken Cup. Loose head prop.
    Was promising until an achilles injury sadly ended his career. Had a run around the park with the Saxons.

    It would have been good to see him earn at least a few caps in white for the senior England team.

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