England’s one-cap wonder XV: Who makes the cut?
Sometimes, it can almost feel like zero is better than one. At least for this lot anyway, who can’t shift their notoriety…
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, but things just didn’t come together for him on the Test stage.
Winger: Steve Hanley
Aged 19, 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 despite a stellar club career with Sale Sharks.
Centre: Stuart Potter
His 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.