"Give Smith the keys" - Three England stars who failed to perform against Australia – and who should replace them - Ruck

“Give Smith the keys” – Three England stars who failed to perform against Australia – and who should replace them


RUCK Editor-In-Chief Steve Smith picks three players who he thinks deserve a chance in the England XV against South Africa after some stars failed to impress against Australia.

#1. Sam Underhill (replaced by Alex Dombrandt)

The Bath flanker has been unable to overcome his struggles domestically to hit top form for his country and departed early for the second week in a row after missing FOUR tackles. This move would see Tom Curry, who has not shone at number 8, refer back to his normal position on the flanker with Dombrandt taking the eight shirt. The Harlequins powerhouse made a significant impact off the bench, making more metres (35) in five minutes than Underhill did in 60.

Alex Dombrandt of England warms up before the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

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