Matt Dawson gives his view on current England scrum-halves

Matt Dawson has called on England to find a long-term solution at scrum-half, but concedes Ben Youngs is still the best current option.

However, World Cup winner also believes Saracens’ Ben Spencer has an England future.

Dawson revealed to the Mail Online: “I will be truly amazed if Ben and Willi are the only ones to wear the shirt over the next four years.

“England demand a different style of scrum half, but I would like to think in the next couple of years there will be a younger option emerge.

‘If Willi and Ben are fit and strong and sharp enough to be playing then fine, but if not there needs to be a young player ready to step up.

‘I want to see Ben Spencer given another chance I want to see Mitchell picked, but at the moment Willi and Ben are the best two English qualified scrum halves in the country

“I’m still not convinced we have seen the last of Spencer, fingers crossed Eddie Jones communicates to him what he needs from him in the game and hopefully he gains more confidence and experience.”


MEET THE ENGLAND TEAM vs Ireland

15. Elliot Daly

  • Age | 27
  • Caps | 41
  • Club | Saracens
  • Salary | Unknown
  • Partner | Michelle Cussell – The fullback met his gorgeous girlfriend when he was still at school. The pair met at the £18,618-a-year Whitgift School for boys in Croydon, south London, where Daly, 28, was a pupil and she worked as a sports events organiser – although they were both 18 at the time.
  • Nickname | Briefcase – He got his nickname after turned up at his first Wasps training session in his Whitgift school uniform and carrying you know what!

14. Jonny May

  • Age | 29
  • Caps | 54
  • Club | Leicester Tigers
  • Salary | £325,000
  • Partner | Sophie May – The blonde-haired fitness fanatic earns her living as a personal trainer, posting regular updates on the Girlsontopoffitness Instagram page. 

13. Manu Tuilagi

  • Age | 28
  • Caps | 41
  • Club | Leicester Tigers
  • Salary | £550,000
  • Partner | Chantelle Garrity
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12. Owen Farrell

  • Age | 28
  • Caps | 81
  • Club | Saracens
  • Salary | £750,000
  • Partner | Georgie Farrell – Despite him being one of England’s star men, Owen Farrell’s wife Georgie likes to keep her life extremely private.
  • Nickname | Little Faz/Faz – Used to predominantly be Little Faz but now his Dad, Andy, has jetted off to work for Ireland he seems to have shaken that part of his nickname.

11. Jonathan Joseph

  • Age |28
  • Caps | 49
  • Club |Bath Rugby

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