The incredible XV of England players Steve Borthwick can't pick for the Six Nations - Ruck

The incredible XV of England players Steve Borthwick can’t pick for the Six Nations

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

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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. Henry Arundell (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)

All Blacks legend Dan Carter names the only rugby player who actually ‘scared’ him

Legendary rugby star Dan Carter, often hailed as the ultimate back of the professional era, has recently opened up about the six most formidable opponents he encountered during his illustrious career, singling out one rival who genuinely ‘scared’ him.

With an extraordinary track record as the highest points scorer in international rugby history, amassing an impressive 1,598 points across 112 caps and securing two Rugby World Cup triumphs, Carter’s perspectives hold significant weight.

Drawing from a multitude of Q&A sessions he engaged in over the years, including a notable one with the Independent, Carter generously shared his list of top adversaries with fans and fellow rugby enthusiasts.

DID YOU KNOW? In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, Dan Carter kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal, and was named the man of the match.

#6. Thierry Dusautoir (France)

Former French rugby captain renowned for his tenacity, Dusautoir led Les Bleus to the 2011 World Cup final. A formidable flanker, he’s celebrated for his relentless work ethic and impactful tackles.

CARTER SAID: “He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.”

DID YOU KNOW? He broke the record for most tackles in a match, making 38 tackles against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup final