A Potential Six Nations ‘Debutants’ XV to whet the appetite

Lock: Marco Tauleigne – France

He’s a gigantic 6ft 4in number eight is a phenomenal talent, so we’re using him to fill a gap in the second-row. The former France U20 international may struggle to displace Louis Picamoles but could be a destructive force off the bench.

Lock: Félix Lambey – France

Lambey joined up with the French Barbarians on their two-game tour to South Africa in June 2017, playing a part in both fixtures. The Lyon lock has now established himself as a cornerstone of his club team and is one of Les Bleus hottest talents in the second-row.

Flanker: Gary Graham – England

The 25-year-old son of former Newcastle and Scotland hooker George Graham has been called up and deserved an opportunity to show what he can do on the international stage. He’s been efficient if not spectacular for the Falcons so far this season.

Flanker: James Davies – Wales

The colourful character has been rewarded for his excellent form with Scarlets and will be a breath of fresh air in the Wales squad for the Six Nations. He may be a late starter with his Scarlets debut coming just four years ago but the 27-year-old is a class act.

Number 8: Zach Mercer – England

What can you say about the charismatic 20-year-old that’s not already said? Yes, there are the flash things- like the amazing offloads and tries. But there is more to Mercer’s game than that. Many people’s U20 player of the tournament, Mercer is one of the most exciting English prospects in a long time and could be in line to make his debut against Italy.

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