Brian Moore wants back-rower recalled to the England squad
England should recall Exeter Chiefs flanker Don Armand for the Six Nations clash with France according to ex-international Brian Moore.
He’s called for Jones to stop messing about in the back-row and play someone at no.7 who is regularly starting there each weekend for their club, mentioning one player inarticulately.
“A player like Don Armand, of Exeter, might have limitations and play similarly to Haskell, but he has the advantage of playing at seven every week.” wrote Moore in The Telegraph.
“He instinctively looks to do the job of any openside and he is accomplished at what he does.
“When the pressure mounts, he reacts like an openside and is not having to think his way through the role.
“Who knows how much better he could become, given the spur of international rugby?”
Armand won his first and only international cap so far on the 10th of June 2017 in their 34-38 victory over Argentina, coming on as a substitute in the second half.
Moore added: “Of the other contenders, Brendon O’Connor is England-qualified and is in the classic role of a marauding No 7. Sam Underhill, Teimana Harrison, even the young and inexperienced Will Evans, of Leicester Tigers, could be given an opportunity to stake their case.
“Whoever is chosen, the time has come to pick a player who plays weekly for his club at seven. We have seen the limitations of trying to cobble together a solution and they do not work at the highest level – it is time for a rethink.