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England’s worst rugby XV of 21st century includes Burgess, Cipriani and Vanikolo

The Halfbacks

Danny Cipriani:

Danny Cipriani, known for his flair and creativity, struggled to consistently deliver at the international level despite flashes of brilliance. His tenure in the England jersey was marked by inconsistency, with moments of brilliance often overshadowed by periods of underperformance.

Danny Cipriani of England during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Shaun Perry:

Despite an inspiring rise from a welder to international rugby, Shaun Perry failed to establish himself as a consistent performer for England. A lackluster World Cup performance led to his swift exit from the national setup, ending his international career prematurely.

The Forward Pack

Darren Crompton:

Solid in domestic competition, Darren Crompton’s lack of mobility proved detrimental at the international level, with his age exacerbating the issue upon his England debut, ultimately limiting his impact on the field.

David Paice:

David Paice’s international career failed to reach the heights of his club performances, with inconsistency and struggles in the set-piece overshadowing his potential contribution to the national side.

Paul Doran Jones:

Despite early promise, Paul Doran Jones faced challenges in the set-piece and physicality of international rugby, failing to replicate his club success at the highest level.

Mouritz Botha:

Mouritz Botha’s physicality impressed but his comfort at the Test level remained questionable, with his contributions often falling short of expectations in the international arena.

Louis Deacon:

Tough and resilient, Louis Deacon embodied bravery but lacked the mobility and athleticism required at the highest level, leaving him admired for his courage but not necessarily for his impact on the field.