England legend Matt Dawson has revealed he’s “utterly baffled” by England head coach Eddie Jones’ scrum-half selections ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand-born Willi Heinz is likely to become the fourth scrum-half to make his international debut under Jones when England face Wales on Sunday.
Ben Youngs is England’s starting playmaker, while experienced international Danny Care last played in November 2018 after being unceremoniously dropped.
“I don’t how to read into it,” said Dawson on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“If Ben Youngs goes down before [England’s World Cup pool match against] France, that number nine has got to run the show.
“Potentially you have someone with two or three caps going into that scenario. I need someone to explain it to me.”
Jack Maunder, Ben Spencer and Dan Robson have also been given their first cap by Jones, who is yet to settle on a back-up for Youngs since leaving Care out of his squad.
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