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“Vice captain to rejection” – The three England players blacklisted by Steve Borthwick

#2. Val Rapava-Ruskin

According to a source from RUCK, it is suggested that the Gloucester star, Rapava-Ruskin, was left puzzled when the England coach questioned his conditioning.

The source indicates that Rapava-Ruskin, who has been performing exceptionally well as a loosehead prop in the Premiership, stood up for himself by highlighting his outstanding statistics for his club.

Rapava-Ruskin, who is 30 years old, held the top position in various statistical categories for props in the Premiership last season. These categories include meters gained, dominant collisions, turnovers, line breaks, and offloads. Furthermore, he was recognized as the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Round in Round 12.

Val Rapava-Ruskin of Gloucester Rugby as he goes over for a try during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Stonex Stadium on 24 September. Photo: Frankie OKeeffe/PPAUK

Despite Rapava-Ruskin’s impressive performance, the England coach, Borthwick, disagreed with his stance and opted to drop him in favor of Joe Marler, Ellis Genge, and Bevan Rodd. It is worth noting that Rapava-Ruskin could be the best uncapped player in the country at the moment.

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