England’s one-cap wonder XV: who makes the cut?
An England ‘One Cap Wonders‘ XV.
Fullback: Mark van Gisbergen
Yes, he has a cap – only a fleeting one, as a late replacement for Mark Cueto against Australia in 2005 – but he does boast a 100% winning ratio in international colours, so you can’t knock that. An exceptional player at club level, scoring over a 1000 points for Wasps, things just didn’t come together for him on the Test stage.
Winger: Steve Hanley
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, he also was handed-off by Craig Quinnell and suffered a broken arm as Wales won 32–31.
Centre: Stuart Potter
The Leicester legends sole England cap came as a 2-minute blood replacement during the 76-0 hammering by Australia on the 1998 “Tour to Hell”, however this hides the fact that he was an England A stalwart, gaining 15 caps, his international ambitions being limited because he shared a position with captain Will Carling, as well as players such as Jerry Guscott and Phil de Glanville. He had also been called into the England squad for the 1998 Six Nations championship but was injured.
Centre: Anthony Allen
He made his England debut against New Zealand on 5 November 2006, partnering Newcastle Falcons’ Jamie Noon in the centre. Allen received multiple stitches in his mouth halfway through that first half after being hit in the face by his New Zealand opposite number, and never played again.
Winger: Christian Wade
He made his full test debut against Argentina on 8 June on the right wing playing the whole 80 minutes. Wade was selected for the second game against Argentina the following week but withdrew from the team when he was called up to join the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. He’s since moved onto American Football.