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England Watch: Which Players Are On Fire In The Aviva Premiership?

We take a look at all the latest statistics from England’s Aviva Premiership as we get closer and closer to England’s autumn international campaign in November.

We’ll start with the best tacklers in the Premiership so far.

Top EQP Tacklers This Season

Tom Savage 63
Luke Wallace 63
Chris Robshaw 59
Charlie Ewels 57
Mark Wilson 55
Brad Barritt 55
Ben Morgan 54
Calum Green 53
Brendan O’Connor 53
Maro Itoje 52

England EPS squad members Chris Robshaw, Charlie Ewels, Ben Morgan and Maro Itoje all prove their worth by appearing in the top ten tacklers across the Premiership campaign so far, although Gloucester’s lock Tom Savage tops the tackle country on 63, equal with Harlequins’ Luke Wallace.

Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Top EQP Tackles This Week

Geoff Parling 19
Carl Kirwan 18
Jacob Rowan 17
Nathan Hughes 17
Kai Horstmann 16
Tom Savage 16
Ben Morgan 15
Sam Jones 15
Tom Ellis 15
Olly Woodburn 15
Jamie Gibson 15

Forgotten man Geoff Parling put in a fantastic shift for Exeter Chiefs last weekend, although his efforts were not enough to see his club get past a resurgent Northampton Saints.

Worcester Warriors’ Carl Kirwan finished in second place with 18, and former England U20s internationals Tom Ellis and Jacon Rowan both make the top ten.

Wasps’ flanker Sam Jones, who has sadly had to withdraw from England’s training squad due to an injury, impressed with 15 tackles.

EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Geoff Parling of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on September 17, 2016 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)


Top EQP Carries This Season

Thomas Waldrom 84
Billy Vunipola 75
Cameron Neild 70
Ben Morgan 61
Luke Cowan-Dickie 60
Olly Woodburn 56
Josh Beaumont 53
Simon Hammersley 53
Nathan Hughes 53
Chris Robshaw 51

Thomas Waldrom continues to top the carry count across the Premiership, although Saracens’ Billy Vunipola is quickly catching up on him. Keep one eye out for both Cameron Neild and Simon Hammersley, two young English players that are making an impression for their clubs if not the media.

Top EQP Carries This Week

Mike Brown 17
Nathan Hughes 16
Simon Hammersley 14
Jordan Crane 14
Chris Robshaw 14
Jackson Wray 14
Ben Morgan 13
Cameron Neild 13
Olly Woodburn 13
Courtney Lawes 12

England fullback Mike Brown seems to be coming back into form at just the right time as he topped the carry charts for the latest round of fixtures.

Teammate Chris Robshaw makes yet another top ten, proving his overall consistency and one of the top performers in the Premiership across the board, week-in-week-out.

Top EQP Metres Made This Season

Semesa Rokoduguni 403
Alex Goode 348
Olly Woodburn 327
Charlie Sharples 301
Christian Wade 300
Henry Purdy 296
Simon Hammersley 288
Billy Vunipola 258
Ben Morgan 253
Mathew Tait 239

If you want to know why Semesa Rokoduguni is back in the England squad and in real contention for a starting spot against South Africa then this stat will help you to understand. He has made a stunning 403 metres in five games, far more than any other player.

For those who aren’t fans of Mike Brown as England’s fullback, you may be pleased to see Saracens’ Alex Goode up in second place.

However, for those who are more forward-orientated, you’ll be interested to see the appearance of England number eights Billy Vunipola and Ben Morgan.

Top EQP Metres Made This Week

Mike Brown 119
Charlie Sharples 109
Tom Brady 75
Nathan Hughes 66
Anthony Watson 65
Elliot Daly 60
Ben Morgan 59
Simon Hammersley 56
Paolo Odogwu 53
Marland Yarde 53

Charlie Sharples is yet another England outcast, a man who earned a few caps for England under Stuart Lancaster before being cast aside in favour of others. However, the Gloucester winger continues to impress for his club and is second behind Brown in the metres made this week.

Top EQP Defenders Beaten This Season

Semesa Rokoduguni 20
Guy Thompson 17
Billy Vunipola 14
Charlie Sharples 14
Olly Woodburn 14
Perry Humphreys 14
Paolo Odogwu 14
Alex Lozowski 13
Alex Goode 13
Christian Wade 12

Wasps’ back rower Guy Thompson, who may be in contention for a Wales squad place if rumours are anything to go by after being shunned by Eddie Jones, has defeated more defenders this season than almost all the backs in the Premiership.

Sale’s young winger Paolo Odogwu is certainly making an impact for his club, while recent England EPS addition Alex Lozowski is showing the fantastic attacking player he is by making the top 10.

Top EQP Defenders Beaten This Week

Mike Brown 6
Courtney Lawes 6
Charlie Sharples 5
Nathan Hughes 5
Will Addison 4
Mark Wilson 4
Perry Humphreys 4
Maro Itoje 3
Billy Vunipola 3
Alex Lozowski 3

Courtney Lawes seems determined to fight his way back into the England coaches’ thoughts, and his stats against Exeter last weekend suggest he is doing just that.

Lesser known names like Will Addison, Mark Wilson and Perry Humphreys are all showing what they can offer at the highest level of club rugby. Indeed, Newcastle Falcons fans have longed called for Wilson to be given international recognition.

Stay tuned for next week where we look into the top performing England players in the Premiership once more.

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