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Five great players who never won a game in an England shirt

Some great players didn’t win as many England caps as they would have liked, but the even more unlucky amongst them didn’t even experience a win in the famous white jersey.
1. Nick Abendanon (Played 2, Lost 2) 

He earned his first England cap against his home country in June 2007. He was capped again against France in August 2007, but narrowly missed out on a place in England’s 30-man World Cup squad that autumn. Following years of being ignored by International selectors, he made the move to Clermont in 2014 after a highly successful career at Bath which saw him earn 207 caps for the English side, during an eight-year spell. And after a string of impressive performances for Clermont in the 2014/2015 Champions Cup, Abendanon was awarded 2015 European player of the year.

2. David Sims (Played 3, Lost 3)

Former Gloucester skipper Sims eventually made his long overdue debut for the senior England team on the 1998 tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, under Clive Woodward. The lock didn’t have a great experience though, suffering 64-22 and 44-10 defeats to the All Blacks before losing 18-0 to South Africa in Cape Town. He’d never play for England again.


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