5. Anthony Allen
The then Gloucester wonderkid made his England debut against New Zealand on 5 November 2006, aged 20, partnering Newcastle Falcons’ Jamie Noon in the centre.
Allen received multiple stitches in his mouth halfway through that first half after being hit in the face by his New Zealand opposite number, but Allen was dropped after they lost 25–18 to Argentina. This would prove to be his final England cap.
He was often a feature in England squads or Saxons squads afterwards, but his consistent club was never rewarded with a starting berth for England.