The England XV that Steve Borthwick can't pick for the 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

The England XV that Steve Borthwick can’t pick for the 2024 Six Nations

England head coach Steve Borthwick faces significant constraints in assembling his squad for the upcoming 2024 Six Nations, commencing in February.

The Guinness Six Nations occupies an incredibly special place in the sporting calendar, with fans anticipating its return each year

The team’s selection pool is restricted as several key players have retired, others like Owen Farrell are on hiatus, and Tom Curry is sidelined for the entire season due to a hip injury. Furthermore, a considerable portion of the squad is currently engaged in playing opportunities within the Top 14.

Notably, Henry Arundell, despite his affiliation with Racing 92, has been granted special dispensation to represent England during the 2024 Six Nations. This exception arises from the dissolution of London Irish last summer.

The team below would definitely be in contention to win the Six Nations.

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England’s unavailable XV:

15. Jack Nowell (La Rochelle)

14. Jonny May (Gloucester)

13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais)

12. Owen Farrell (Saracens)

11. Christian Wade (Racing 92)

10. Zack Henry (Pau)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1. Harry Williams (Montpellier)

2. Jack Singleton (Toulon)

3. Kieran Brookes (Toulon)

4. David Ribbans (Toulon)

5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)

7. Jack Willis (Toulouse)

8. Sam Simmonds (Montpellier)

Contenders to replace Owen Farrell as captain

#1. Ellis Genge – Favourite

England’s head coach, Borthwick, has hinted at Ellis Genge, the front-rower, emerging as the next captain. Borthwick appointed Genge as the England vice-captain, and their successful collaboration in winning the Premiership with Leicester solidifies this choice for future success. Genge’s leadership potential looks bright, relying on his ongoing role as England’s primary player in the number one position.

Ellis Genge, Captain of England during the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK