"New captain" - Sir Clive Woodward reveals the five changes he'd make to the England XV - Ruck

“New captain” – Sir Clive Woodward reveals the five changes he’d make to the England XV

Despite making six changes, Sir Clive Woodward is convinced Eddie Jones still doesn’t know his best England team.

The World Cup-winning coach, writing in his column for the Mail Online, has selected the England team he’d pick with multiple changes to the XV.

Check out his thoughts below.

#1. Sam Simmonds at blindside-flanker

Woodward wrote: “I have long argued for Alex Dombrandt to be given a start at No 8 and am genuinely excited by the attacking possibilities England now have at 8, 9 and 10.

“However, I didn’t expect Sam Simmonds to be dropped. I wanted him at blindside where he would prosper in an attack-minded environment. Simmonds is the one England back-rower who can switch positions with ease.”

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps) during England Rugby training session at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 28 Sept 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


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