A Potential Six Nations ‘Debutants’ XV to whet the appetite
As the Six Nations rolls into town once again, a group of players named in their respective nations squads face the prospect of making their international debut on the biggest stage.
In light of this, here we propose our own Six Nations’ ‘debutant XV’:
Fullback: Jordan Larmour – Ireland
Leinster back Jordan Larmour is the only uncapped player in a 36-man Ireland squad for the Six Nations games against France and Italy. The 20-year-old has impressed at full-back in try-scoring displays against Munster and Ulster in recent week
Wing: Josh Adams – Wales
Adams is rewarded for the form which has seen him top the Aviva Premiership try-scoring charts and named December’s Premiership player of the month. Gatland simply had to pick the speedster and you’d fully expect him to make his debut during the championship.
Centre: Harry Mallinder – England
The past 12 months have seen Harry Mallinder go from relative unknown to a star of the Saints first team. Since making the move into full-time rugby after completing his studies at Rugby School. His versatility will make him useful to Jones during the Six Nations, especially due to the Aussie’s injury concerns in multiple positions.
Centre: Matthieu Jalibert – France
According to those in the know, the launch of the Six Nations on Saturday week will be marked by the advent of the first teenaged fly-half to start a Championship match for a very long time. His name is not Marcus Smith of Harlequins but Matthieu Jalibert of Bordeaux. We’ve put him in the midfield because we were short.
Wing: Nathan Earle – England
Eddie Jones has also taken a shine to the promising youngster, selecting him in the senior England side for the non-cap international against the Barbarians in May 2017, before touring Argentina with the squad that summer. If Injury issues could see the speedster could get the chance to show what he can do during the Six Nations.