Neil Back selects his six England back-rowers for Autumn

Rugby legend Neil Back has weighed in on the England back-row debate as Eddie Jones continues to contemplate his no end of options.

At the moment, there are realistically 12 contenders for just six spots in the Aussies next squad, which he’ll announce next month.

Sam Underhill (Bath), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints) Ben Earl (Bristol Bears), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Jack Willis (Wasps), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors) Ben Curry (Sale Sharks) and Zach Mercer (Bath rugby) have all impressed since rugby returns from lockdown.

Back, who was at the heart of an England World Cup-winning back-row, has made his bold selection on Twitter.

He’s gone with:

  • Tom Curry
  • Lewis Ludlam
  • Sam Simmonds
  • Sam Underhill
  • Billy Vunipola
  • Jack Willis

Now it’s your turn, pick your six:


The Team Voted The Greatest England XV

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup now under a year away in Japan, Sky Sports wanted to know what you think the best-ever England XV from the World Cup era is.

And after 30,000 votes, here is the team fans selected. There are one or two surprise inclusions.

Fullback: JASON ROBINSON (94% of the vote)

The speedster was a menace whatever number was on his back, a bewildering opponent, a man seemingly able to sidestep in mid-air, with pace and nerve and vision, tough in the tackle, intelligent in his use of angles and selfless when it came to creating openings for teammates.Embed from Getty Images


Winger: JOSH LEWSEY (56%)

A player reborn after joining the armed forces and playing for Wasps simultaneously; his physical prowess was matched with a determination to constantly improve and a wonderful ability to read  the game in front of him.Embed from Getty Images


Centre: JEREMY GUSCOTT (69%)

The Prince of Centres,’ was how Guscott was described by Clive Woodward. And he wasn’t wrong.Embed from Getty Images

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