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“Drop Genge, Steward” – Brian Moore picks his England XV for 2024 Six Nations opener


4. Maro Itoje

5. Ollie Chessum

Moore wrote in The Telegraph: “They should continue their second-row partnership but both have to step up to consistent ball-carrying in the loose, as well as their primary roles in the scrum and line-out.

“This pairing has the feel of the Itoje-Kruis team that served England so well in the past. If they get anywhere near its effectiveness England will have a solid foundation for their pack.”

Woodward wants Maro Itoje back in the second-row


6. Chandler Cunningham-South

7. Sam Underhill

8. Ben Earl

Moore wrote in The Telegraph: : “The international retirement of Courtney Lawes gives England the chance to look at a specialist No 6, and if they do so I would throw in Chandler Cunningham-South for his first cap.

“Alex Coles might be preferred for bulk and as a line-out option, but it would be interesting to see a conventionally balanced back row with Ben Earl at No 8 and Sam Underhill at openside flanker.”

Dejection for Ben Earl of England after the Six Nations Championship, Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 4th 2023. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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