Close sidebar

With Anthony Watson And Jack Nowell Injured, Who Should England Pick As Their Wingers Against South Africa

England Media Access

England’s judo session didn’t go to plan last week.

What started out as a novel idea, turned into rumbling club Vs country row following Eddie Jones’ decision to incorporate a judo session into England’s three day training camp last week.

In the aftermath of what must have been a full on session, six players picked up knocks, some more serious than others.

Jack Nowell, Sam Jones and Anthony Watson will all miss the upcoming November series, while George Kruis, Joe Marler and Mike Brown were forced to sit out training with their clubs following the three day get together.

The injuries suffered by Nowell and Watson, allied to Chris Ashton’s suspension, have severely impacted upon England’s stock out wide.

As Jones hasn’t really delved too deep into England’s talent pool as of yet, it leaves him with a bit of a selection headache.

At present, Semesa Rokoduguni is arguably England’s form winger, but hasn’t managed to add to the solitary cap he won in November 2014.

Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership

Jonny May has only recently returned from a serious knee injury, and hasn’t been able to shake off the question marks hanging over his defence.

Likewise, although Christian Wade maybe one of the most exciting wingers in the Premiership, Jones hasn’t turned to the Wasps winger in the past.

This leaves Marland Yarde as the most likely candidate to fill one of the available slots on the wing. Although Jones has previously described the Harlequins winger as being “too big for his boots”, the Australian also stated that he was “very coachable”.

Partnering Yarde with Rokoduguni currently looks to be the most likely combination, but Jones could yet throw a curve ball.

Harlequins v Northampton Saints - Aviva Premiership

Given that they are club mates, selecting Yarde alongside Mike Brown also makes a great deal of sense, as it wouldn’t leave England with a back three who have never played together.

If this is the case, spare a thought for Alex Goode, who might have been hoping to break into the England team this Autumn after winning the Premiership’s Player of The Year Award last season.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

Read Next: Analysis: Is The Current Form Of The All Blacks Detrimental To The Game Of Rugby?

Read More About: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.