England legend picks his team to play Ireland, he's selected Ben Earl at centre - Ruck

England legend picks his team to play Ireland, he’s selected Ben Earl at centre

Stuart Barnes, the esteemed rugby commentator and former England fly-half, is known for his willingness to offer unconventional perspectives without hesitation.

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Writing in the Times this morning, Barnes has elevated his approach even further, suggesting a daring selection strategy for Steve Borthwick to consider before his team faces Ireland at Twickenham in the fourth round of the Six Nations.

Ben Earl at inside-centre:

“So I am picking him at inside centre. He can slip back to No 8 for the odd attacking scrum and link up like a back-row forward.” Barnes writes before going on to offer justification for the move.

“If anyone thinks England don’t need to think radically after the constant failure to ignite under Borthwick, they are condemning England’s fans to dreary wins against weak teams and disappointment against superior sides.”

Ben Earl of England celebrates during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)