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Sam Burgess voted the worst ever England player in recent fan poll

In a recent rugby fan poll, focus honed in on the five England players deemed the poorest to ever don the national team jersey.

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Interestingly, two of these players hailed from rugby league backgrounds.

Surveying over 1,000 fans, we sought their opinions on the poorest performers to have represented the men in white since the turn of the millennium.

While England has witnessed the emergence of stellar talents over the years, it has also seen its fair share of underwhelming players.

Here, we unveil the five individuals who are regarded as the worst, or in some instances, the most disappointing, to have donned the England jersey.

#5. Danny Cipriani – 3%

World-class on his day, but I don’t think any England fan will argue that the mercurial fly-half winning just 16 caps during his career can only be considered a complete disaster. He was never able to replicate his club form on the international stage. So disappointing.

Danny Cipriani of Bath Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on 17 Oct. Photo: Steve Haag/PPAUK

#4. Shaun Perry – 5%

Much was made of the fact that Shaun Perry was an ex-welder when he burst into the limelight during an impressive season with Bristol, and it did make a charming rags-to-riches story.  But, let’s be honest, he never really looked accomplished in the England shirt. A poor performance against South Africa in the 2007 Rugby World Cup led to Perry being dropped from the 22 by England coach Brian Ashton. He never played again.

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