Sir Clive Woodward picks bold England XV for Six Nations opener

Sir Clive Woodward believes Jonathan Joseph should still be in the England team after the Bath centre was demoted to the ‘shadow squad‘ by Eddie Jones.

Writing in the Mail, the 2003 World Cup-winning head coach has selected the side he’d like to see go toe-to-toe with Scotland at Twickenham next weekend.

Following their opening match, the Calcutta Cup, England will then host Italy on Saturday 13 February (2.15pm KO) before playing Wales away on Saturday 27 February (4.45pm KO).

Jones’ side will return to Twickenham to face France on Saturday 13 March (4.45pm KO) before travelling to Dublin for their final game, against Ireland, on Saturday 20 March (4.45pm KO).

England’s home matches, along with Ireland v England, are live on ITV. Wales v England is live on the BBC.

Sir Clive Woodward’s England XV:

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Anthony Watson (Bath)
  • 14. Elliot Daly (Saracens)
  • 11. Jonny May (Gloucester)

“May is a given on the left wing. I want to see them (Daly and Watson) liberated in this Six Nations. Let’s see the two players who excited us and forced their way into the Lions starting team in 2017.”


CENTRES:

  • 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
  • 12. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

“Is Joseph currently a far better player than Lawrence or Odogwu? Yes. Bring in young players but only if you are totally sure they are better than those in possession. Joseph is playing in a poor Bath side but to leave him out and put him in the development team is something I would not have done.”

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