Now it’s time to look at a a number of players we’d like to see get an opportunity to get called up by Eddie Jones following the opening weekend of the Gallagher Premiership.
1. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
The number 8 scored a hat-trick as champions Exeter Chiefs began their Premiership title defence with a comfortable victory at Harlequins. Simmonds produced a superb solo finish in the first half before scoring from two rolling mauls late in the second.
Let’s make this very clear. This was not a flop over the line hat-trick at the back of the maul hat-trick like Jamie George’s for England last weekend against Georgia – two of the tries were finishes only capable from a world class athlete.