Four England internationals of the last decade who have totally fallen off the radar
They were once considered the future of England, but these six players have slid a long, long way from Eddie Jones’ reckoning, writes Steven Smith.
The fortunes of most rugby players, even those considered among the best in their country, tend to wax and wane. Very few are able to perform at a consistently high level for years on end as leading figures on the domestic and international scene. All sorts of factors can intervene to mean they fade from view.
As Eddie Jones prepares to name his first training camp since the Gallagher Premiership kicked off, let’s spare a thought for some of those who are now a long way from enjoying another call-up.
These six England internationals from the last decade are still active, but nowhere near consideration…
1. SHANE GERAGHTY (LAST CAP: England v New Zealand at Twickenham, 2009)
Fly-half Geraghty made his England debut as a replacement against France in the 2007 Six Nations – carving through the French defence to create a crucial try for teammate Mike Tindall and kicking a penalty and a conversion in the 26-18 Twickenham triumph.
A long-running hamstring injury would plague his career over the following months would see him ruled out of that year’s Rugby World Cup in France with the fly-half only going on to win a further five caps.
Following unsuccessful spells with Brive, London Irish and Bristol, he’s now playing in the Top 14, ruling him out of any potential call-up.