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Three New Players Who Should Start For England In The Guinness Six Nations

Three New Players Who Should Start For England In The Guinness Six Nations

Take a look at three young, talented rugby players who should feature on Steve Borthwick's England team for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations Championship.

Jan 5, 2024
Three New Players Who Should Start For England In The Guinness Six Nations

The 2024 Guinness Six Nations is less than a month away, so speculation over team selections is quickly brewing.

In the wake of the World Cup, numerous England stars decided to hang up their boots for the final time, opening up space for a new crop of talent to come through the ranks. 

With Courtney Lawes, Ben Youngs and Jonny May amongst the retirees, Steve Borthwick is tasked with restocking his team with fresh young talent capable of competing against the world’s best.

Here, we take a look at three young bolters who should be pushing for starting spots for England in the Six Nations Championship: 

Greg Fisulau 

Since taking the reins of England just over a year ago, Borthwick has struggled to find a stable figure at No. 8. 

Billy Vunipola’s form and discipline are lacking, while Alex Dombrandt has failed to shine sufficiently, forcing Ben Earl, a flanker by trade, to temporarily plug the hole for the World Cup.

To fill the void, Borthwick should call upon Exeter Chiefs’ young flyer Greg Fisulau, who has impressed immensely since becoming a nailed-on Premiership starter this season.

He’s a physical presence in the contact area and a great offloader of the ball. On top of that, he’s a master jackaler and almost impossible to move when standing over a ruck.

Fisulau brings to mind a young Kieran Reed when operating at his best. That may seem like high praise, but he’s got all the requisite skills needed to become a top-class No. 8, both in defense and attack.

Rob Baxter already trusts him at the Exeter. Will Borthwick do the same for England?

Will Joseph

Technically, Will Joseph is not a new name on the England call sheet. He debuted wearing the rose in the summer of 2022, coming off the bench in England’s tour of Australia.

However, Joseph essentially is an international novice because he only featured for two solitary minutes, and a year later, he was cut from Borthwick’s training squad before the World Cup.

He’s also competing for a spot, which is highly sought after, with Henry Slade and Ollie Lawrence fighting for starting spots as the England centers, specifically at 13.

But that doesn’t mean Joseph should be counted out. 

Much like his older brother Jonathan, who has 54 international caps, Will is an elusive runner who offers a lot of venom in possession.

The performances he’s put in since joining Harlequins in the summer show he’s ready to follow in his brother’s footsteps and become a mainstay for his country.

When playing Racing in the Champions Cup about a month ago, Joseph ate up yards, matching the cutting edge of his center partner Andre Esterhuizen in meters made. 

Heading into that game, all the talk was about Henry Arundell, but afterward, the attention turned to the young Harlequins back, who outplayed Gaël Fickou.

If all that wasn’t enough, Joseph also can feature on the wing and fit the mold left by his predecessor for club and country, Joe Marchant.

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

Exeter has no shortage of young English talent in its ranks, with Immanuel Feyi-Waboso also knocking on England’s door. 

Like Fisulau, Feyi-Waboso moved to the Devonshire coast following the demise of Wasps and hasn’t looked back since, making a name for himself with some standout showings in the Premiership.

His fast feet and electric step have rattled defenders to no end. He’s scoring tries for fun and also is a real force on defense, knocking back forwards with little fuss.

He’s got the magic touch Louis Rees-Zammit had when first coming through, and he soon could follow in Rees-lightning’s footsteps. Not only is Feyi-Waboso eligible to play for England, he also can shift lanes and pick Wales instead.

Plenty of rumors are swirling around, hypothesizing where the young winger will land, and a lot of it is pure speculation. However, one thing is certain - he would be a huge asset to both unions.

Borthwick has made that very clear since revealing he’s been in close conversation with the 21-year-old. And why not? There aren’t really any nailed-on starters for England on the wing, so now could be the time for Feyi-Waboso to prove his worth.