LIST | Five England hopefuls who impressed this weekend

3. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

Exceptional in defeat against Harlequins. Right now, we can only imagine him combining with Tom Curry and Sam Underhill. Hopefully, his excellent form gives him more chances in the England shirt. Fine game, plenty big hits and always makes the hard yards.

Last season, Simmonds was again expected to kick-on – particularly with a World Cup looming large on the horizon – but a serious knee injury sustained in the home game against Worcester Warriors meant he would be sidelined for much of the campaign.

But now looking back to his best, the prospect of properly unleashing Simmonds on Test rugby off the back of that England front five really is one to savour if Eddie Jones is brave enough to make it happen.

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