England head coach Eddie Jones has been almost obsessed with crafting the perfect ‘hybrid player’ to cover positions in the backs and forwards.
Most recently, the Aussie has floated the idea of deploying nine forwards in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup opener at Twickenham in wariness of Georgia’s forward power.
Here we look at five players who the 60-year-old has thought about trying in radically different positions:
1. Ben Curry (Flanker to scrum-half)
An outrageous report back in January suggested that he was considering moving the Sale flanker to play at scrum-half. I thought either Jones had enjoyed way too much sherry over Christmas with his mince pies, or he has gone completely mad.