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England’s youngest debutants by position, in pictures

We’ve deliberately used only used players who made their debut after 1970 to create this youngest XV.

Fullback: Alastair Hignell (19years 269days)
Hignell made his England debut in 1975 in a brutal encounter with Australia in Brisbane – eight days later he was playing for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Bristol and five weeks later he made 60 in the Varsity match. He went on to win 14 caps for England.

Wing: Tom Varndell (20y 71d)
On 26 November 2005, he scored a try against Manu Samoa at Twickenham in his first full 15-man international. Despite going on to become the Premiership’s all-time record scorer the speedster has only won four caps.

Centre: Mathew Tait (18y 365d)
Tait gained media attention when Andy Robinson named him in the England starting XV for their opening 2005 Six Nations Championship game. The centre then went on to make an impressive 38 caps, which included the 2007 Rugby World Cup final defeat.

Centre: Paul Dodge (19y 343d)
Making his debut in 1978, Dodge alongside Clive Woodward formed a centre partnership that played for Tigers, England and the British Lions tour to South Africa in 1980.

Wing: Steve Hanley (19y 304d)
Hanley was one of two Sale players to make their international debut in England’s final match of their 1999 Five Nations campaign along with Barrie-Jon Mather. Although Hanley scored a try, this proved to be his only ever international appearance.
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