The Lions tour is the big event this summer but following England’s unbeaten year they travel to Argentina for a two test tour which could feature some new names with many of England’s first choice players likely to be named in Gatland’s squad.
We take a look at five players who could star on that tour.
Paolo Odogwu (Sale Sharks)
The Sale winger is lightening quick and although not featuring too much recently has shown he is a born finisher. The 19-year-old is getting plenty of game time in a team that has other options in his position like league converts Denny Solomona and Josh Charnley. Three tries in eight caps is some strike rate for the winger and a place in the tour to Argentina would only aid his development.
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
The young number eight has been given a big chance by Bath this season due to injuries to Taulupe Faletau and David Denton. His ball carrying and his pace make him a very exciting prospect for the future of Bath and England. He is exceptional in bursting down the wide channels and linking with the quicker backs Bath possess.
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Newcastle have enjoyed a much improved season to previous ones and part of that is down to the 27-year-old. His work in defence is huge and he has become one of the leaders in this Falcons squad. His work at the breakdown makes him a nightmare and Kingston Park is now an intimidating place to visit.
Jason Woodward (Bristol Rugby)
The former Hurricanes fullback has been a revelation, his attacking game has changed Bristol massively. They have gone from no-hopers to scrapping for survival since his arrival at Ashton Gate. The Kiwi-born back has opened Bristol’s attack and made them a much more exciting team to watch.
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
The Quins centre is quick on his feet and able to beat defenders one-on-one with ease, he has shades of Jonathan Joseph about him. The centre is still only 20 years old and has made himself a mainstay in the Harlequins team. The centre is a thrilling prospect for the London club and could make his mark for England this summer.
England’s tour to Argentina could be an interesting one with many England players expected to be named by Gatland for the Lions tour it will be an fascinating time for English rugby.
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