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Autumn Internationals: Three Different Back Row Options For England To Choose From

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With the huge loss of player-of the-series in Australia James Haskell, here are three different and exciting back row options that Eddie Jones could use in the Autumn Internationals.


The Conservative Option

The first option is the starting back row from the third Test against Australia following the unfortunate injury to James Haskell. Teimana Harrison was removed from the game after 20 minutes after not impressing, but he remains a very talented player with a bright future, and those experiences will make him as a player.

Chris Robshaw will most likely stay at blindside flanker following a stellar series, and Billy Vunipola’s reputation and quality speaks for itself.

6. Chris Robshaw

7. Teimana Harrison

8. Billy Vunipola


The Attacking Option

This second option sees Nathan Hughes being called into the side as a blindside flanker rather than his usual position at number 8. Eddie Jones has already spoken about Hughes, and how he can be utilised on the side of the scrum as well as the back, so this option is definitely in Jones’ mind.

Jack Clifford has been very impressive for Harlequins and when he has played for England is very exciting with the ball in hand.

Billy Vunipola completing a very destructive ball carrying back row.

6. Nathan Hughes

7. Jack Clifford

8. Billy Vunipola


The New Boys Option

This may seem unlikely with the absence of both Robshaw and Vunipola, but it could be an option for the Fiji game as an opportunity to try new ideas and combinations. All three players are proven at Premiership level, with two already capped by England.

It would be a big call to drop Vunipola altogether for Hughes after being such a key player last season, but Hughes’ form during his time at Wasps has been huge and could make a huge impact at international level.

6. Teimana Harrison

7. Jack Clifford

8. Nathan Hughes

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Author: The PA Team

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