The competition for World Cup places at wing and full-back for England’s back-three World Cup is going to be intense over the next 12 months.
Despite, their strength in depth, is an area of the England team that Eddie Jones will lose sleep over as he looks to put together a back-three he can rely on.
CONTENDERS TO PLAY IN ENGLAND’S BACK-THREE WORLD CUP:
We’ve graded each player on their chances of making the squad (A being likely and D being unlikely).
- Freddie Steward – A
- Jack Nowell – B
- Tommy Freeman – B
- Jonny May – C
- Joe Cokanasiga – C
- Anthony Watson C
- Henry Arundell – C
- Max Malins – C
- Adam Radwan – D
- Ollie Hassel-Collins – D
- Elliot Daly – D
- George Furbank – D
- Chris Ashton – F
ENGLAND WORLD CUP BACK-THREE BASED ON ODDS:
- Freddie Steward 1/50
- Jack Nowell 1/14
- Jonny May 1/9
- Tommy Freeman 3/10
- Henry Arundell 2/5
JASON ROBINSON’S BACK-THREE
Robinson scored 28 tries for England in his 51-cap career, with his most famous score coming against the Wallabies in their inaugural World Cup win in 2003.
Now working with Mastercard as an ambassador for Rugby World Cup, Robinson predicts a fight for a place on the wing between the returning Anthony Watson, Adam Radwan, Henry Arundell, Joe Cokanasiga, and Jack Nowell.
Based on his column’s for the Daily Express and other interviews, this would be Robinson’s starting World Cup back-three.
Fullback: Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
Blessed with a 6’5″, almost 17-stone frame that already looks at home in international rugby. There’s little reason to believe anyone will budge one of the most prominent players in England’s recent youthful revolution.