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“First Name on the Team-Sheet” – England’s Nailed On Starters for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

3. Freddie Steward

Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

In January, England fans held their breath after the news broke of Elliot Daly’s hamstring tear. It was announced that the full-back would miss the entire 2023 Six Nations, with the Saracen side-lined for three months after suffering the injury in the Champions Cup against Edinburgh. However, Freddie Steward soon eased England fans’ nerves, and has won the hearts of the supporters with inspired performances throughout the competition.

Starting every match so far for England, Steward has easily been one of the best players on the pitch each time out. Always beating his first man, the 22-year-old gets spectators out of their seats when he sets off from the back-field.


Dangerous running lines reminiscent of a prime Mike Brown, Steward leads the Six Nations carrying charts with 53 in four matches, and has also made the most metres out of any England player, accruing 402m with ball-in-hand.

A Player of the Match award, for his masterful performance against Wales, sees Steward steadily becoming Borthwick’s nailed on number 15.