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England Watch: Which Players Are Pushing For International Honours?

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It’s easy to overlook the Premiership with the northern hemisphere’s flagship tournament the Six Nations taking place, but many individuals put their hands up for England selection with some sterling performances for their clubs last weekend.

We look through the statistics and highlight some of the best performers from the latest round of Premiership action.


Top EQP Tacklers

Wasps and Exeter both play some of the most attractive rugby in England’s top league and when the two sides meet they really do offer up truly spectacular games with many notable individual efforts.

Wasps lock Matt Symons topped the tackle count in his club’s 35-35 draw with the Chiefs at Sandy Park and his club are also represented again with teammate Simon McIntyre making 16 tackles. Exeter youngster Sam Simmons joins the list with an impressive 18.

Matt Symons Wasps 19
Jacob Rowan Gloucester 19
Sam Simmons Exeter 18
Joel Hodgson Newcastle 17
Simon McIntyre Wasps 16

Wasps v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership


Top EQP Carriers

With Mike Brown on England duty, Sale Sharks fullback Mike Haley is doing his best to show coach Eddie Jones what he is missing out on, making 16 carries narrowly defeated rivals Newcastle Falcons 26-24. Teammate Cameron Neild, who regularly features in the best carrying stats in this series of articles, once again makes the top five.

However, Quins’ hooker-cum-flanker Dave Ward put in a sparkling effort for his team as they destroyed relegation-threatened Bristol 42-8.

Harlequins v Edinburgh Rugby - European Rugby Challenge Cup

Alex Rieder Wasps 16
Mike Haley Sale 16
Cameron Neild Sale 15
Dave Ward Harlequins 15
Semesa Rokoduguni Bath 15


Top EQP Metres Made

Any England fan knows that their team has some of the most impressive depth in world rugby, and this list of attacking talent here – all passed over for national selection – is truly remarkable.

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership

Mike Haley Sale 113
Semesa Rokoduguni Bath 108
James Short Exeter 104
Joe Marchant Harlequins 100
Will Addison Sale 86


Top EQP Lineouts Won

An older head tops the lineouts won count in Sale stalwart Magnus Lund, but Northampton forwards Paterson and Gibson were consistent at the set-piece for their club despite losing out to Bath 32-30.

Local lad Tom Ellis makes the list, as do Tigers pair Barrow and Slater, both integral to Leicester’s 34-9 victory over Gloucester.

Magnus Lund Sale 6
Michael Paterson Northampton 5
Dom Barrow Leicester 5
Ed Slater Leicester 5
Tom Ellis Bath 5
Jamie Gibson Northampton 5


Top EQP Defenders Beaten

Even though he missed out to both Dylan Hartley and Jamie George in terms of national selection, Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie is doing his best to show Eddie Jones what he can offer in attack, beating seven defenders as his club drew with Wasps.

Luke Cowan-Dickie Exeter 7
Marland Yarde Harlequins 6
Olly Woodburn Exeter 6
Semesa Rokoduguni Bath 6
Tom Dunn Bath 5


Top EQP Offloads

Ollie Devoto and Semesa Rokoduguni both made three offloads last weekend, with a whole host of Premiership players making two.

Top EQP Turnovers Won

Harlequins’ Dave Ward makes an appearance once more with five turnovers, with 14 other players making a couple of turnovers including England training squad member Teimana Harrison.

All stats provided by Opta on behalf of Premiership Rugby.

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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