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Injury update: It’s BAD NEWS for Marcus Smith and England

#5. Chandler Cunningham-South

Capped for England at U20 level, Chandler Cunningham-South joined the London Irish academy in 2022 and made his Gallagher Premiership debut for the side against Bath in May that year.

The following season Cunningham South made 19 Premiership appearances, earning a call-up to the England U20 Men’s squad for a second year running.

He featured in the squad for the 2023 U20 Six Nations and World Rugby U20 Championship, before signing with Harlequins ahead of the 2023/24 season. In January 2024, Steve Borthwick named Cunningham-South in his Senior Men’s squad for the Guinness Men’s Six Nations for the first time.

Greenwood wrote: “He burst onto the scene with some epic performances for London Irish and I didn’t realise how young he was: just 20.

“He carries hard and strong for a young boy. He might not yet have found the same form at Harlequins yet – he was shut down a bit in the Champions Cup games – but the talent is there and he’s a big physical asset who senses opportunity. He can handle and would be a nice foil for the tight-five guys that Borthwick is likely to pick.”

Chandler Cunningham-South of London Irish during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Leicester Tigers at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 25 February 2023 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)

QUIZ: Can You Name Every England Six Nations Captain (2000 – 2024)

The Six Nations are back this weekend, and England begin their competition with an away trip to Italy. Head coach Steve Borthwick has selected a new captain for the tournament, can you name him, and 19 other players that have lead the team since the year 2000?

You have five minutes, and your time starts now!