Five players from abroad who could be capped by England in the future
These five have shown enough ability or promise to suggest they may be future England stars in waiting.
Foreign-born stars, such as Nathan Hughes and the Vunipola brothers, have already shown how integral they can be for the Red Rose after making the step up to International rugby.
Here are five players who could pull on the white jersey in the future:
1. Ruan Ackermann – Gloucester (South Africa)
Gloucester No. 8 Ruan Ackermann is keen to explore the option of playing for England should his time in the Aviva Premiership go well.
The back-rower sat in the home changing room at Twickenham for the first time on Saturday when he lined up for the Barbarians against the All Blacks. If things go according to plan for the back row, it might not be the last.
And, having arrived in the south-west on the eve of the new season, Ackermann could qualify for England on residency grounds in August 2020 — just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.