World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward is the latest pundit to select his England XV for the upcoming Autumn Nations Series.
“I very much like the look of England’s initial training squad for the autumn internationals but the truth is England should have made these changes straight after the last World Cup,” wrote Woodward.
“From the 45 players assembling later this month you could pick arguably the most exciting side in world rugby and that is a thrilling prospect.
“The 2023 World Cup is of course on the horizon but as ever the key is just to concentrate on winning the next match as handsomely as possible and climbing up the world rankings.”
Making some changes to the team he picked for the Six Nations, here’s his ‘brave’ England XV.
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers) – “Everybody at Leicester has been raving about Steward for a while and I would like to think England are as excited at his exceptional attacking potential as well as his towering presence under the high ball, for which he is best known.”
14. Louis Lynagh (Harlequins) – “He is a skilful player with pace and enjoyed a storming end of the season with Quins. He is a hot commodity with Australia and Italy also having a claim but I’m glad England have registered their interest after capping him at age group level and playing a big role in his development.”
11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons) –“I love his sheer pace and energy. Like Marcus Smith, Radwan must start in the upcoming autumn as he is clearly something special.”
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)