England’s Six Nations squad announcement: Our thoughts

England’s Six Nations squad announcement: Our thoughts

by | Jan 15, 2016 | Blog, Rugby

Awaiting the announcement of England’s Six Nations squad is always an exciting time. But Wednesday’s press conference carried with it a media furore and sense of anticipation that hadn’t been felt in the hallowed corridors of Twickenham since before England embarked on their ill-fated WRC campaign last September. The reason? A new man in the driving seat: England’s first ever foreign coach, Australian Eddie Jones. And with a new boss comes a new culture, coaching team, and most crucially, personnel. There were a lot of talking points raised by England’s Six Nations squad, so we thought we’d chip in with a few of our own thoughts too. Giving youth a chance – one eye on Japan There are seven uncapped players in England’s Six Nations squad – with the eldest, Elliot Daly, only 23 years old. All seven have played big roles in the successful England age-group sides of late, with both Jack Clifford and Mario Itoje captaining England to Junior World Championship titles in 2013 and 2014. Will the new faces go straight into the side? Jerry Guscott thinks so, stating: “I would not be surprised if he puts a lot of these young guys straight in to face Scotland.” Indeed, now does seem the time to make a clean break from the World Cup debacle, and give fresh blood a chance. Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes has singled out Jack Clifford as the key new man in the squad – regarding him as a potential solution to the persistent questions that have surrounded England’s open-side since the retirement of Neil Back. Six foot four, and well over 17...