What happened next? Stuart Lancaster’s first seven debutants

England’s new-look side gave interim coach Stuart Lancaster the best possible start by claiming a first win at Murrayfield in eight years in 2012

The team, which edged a 13-6 win, saw SEVEN uncapped players make their international debut with what followed supplying mixed results.

Charlie Hodgson’s charge-down try at the start of the second half plus eight points from the boot of debutant Owen Farrell left Scotland ruing a series of blown try-scoring chances.

BRAD BARRITT

  • Position: Centre
  • Total caps: 26
  • Ratings vs Scotland: 6

What they Said: The old England bosses thought Barritt was too small for Test rugby but showed he can mix it with the big boys with his rock solid defence. Decent debut.

Where is he now? Retired at the end of last season after making 257 Saracens appearances, winning five Premiership titles – and helping them lift the Champions Cup three times. He’s since headed home to South Africa.


PHIL DOWSON

  • Position: Flanker
  • Total caps: 7
  • Ratings vs Scotland: 7

What they Said: Given his debut at 30 and about five years too late the Northampton man had a solid game at the base of the scrum. Carried the ball superbly in a good debut.

Where is he now? On 20 February 2017, Dowson announces his retirement from professional competition at the end of the season, where he will rejoin with his old club Northampton Saints as an assistant coach. He also coached the England XV that faced the Barbarians in June 2019.

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