- 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
- 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Brown wrote: “There are other selection combinations to look at, too. It would be a big ask to put two new faces in at No 9 and No 10. Raffi Quirke looks like a real prospect but for now Ben Youngs should start at scrum-half.
“Ben’s been a big part of Leicester’s resurgence and his experience will be invaluable.”