England Saxons team to play Irish Wolfhounds


Calum Clark has been named captain against the England Saxons in Saturday’s match against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Gloucester

What do you think of this side?

England Saxons
15 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
13 Matt Hopper (Harlequins)
12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
1 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
2 Jamie George (Saracens)
3 Tom Mercey (Northampton Saints)
4 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
5 George Kruis (Saracens)
6 Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, captain)
7 Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
8 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

16 Dave Ward (Harlequins)
17 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
18 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
19 Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints)
21 Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs)
22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
23 Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

16 thoughts on “England Saxons team to play Irish Wolfhounds

  1. Annoyed that Dan Robson doesn’t get in, blame Davies on not giving him enough opportunities early in the season.

    That’s a ridiculously fast backline though, and a rather useful backrow might give it some quick ball.

    Lets hope this is a trial for Watson getting into the France game as rumours seem to be suggesting.

  2. Like the look of that back line – tons of pace and talent, something the full England side could do with!

    The back row could also be in England contention if they carry on playing the way they are, all very talented. I’m particularly keen to see how Ewers gets on. Jamie George is another one that could find himself in the EPS sooner rather than later.

  3. I really believe that this “golden age” that seems to be coming around is largely due to the RWC win in 2003. All those kids who were old enough to appreciate it, and get enamoured in the game are now beginning to come through the systems, hopefully it’ll last a few more years yet, and we’ll be able to reboost it with the 2015 RWC effect so that it continues on.

    Our loosehead stocks are plentiful, as are hookers, tightheads look a little shallow, plenty of locks and backrow coming through, and more and more options in the backline showing strong!

  4. Very interesting team. Lots of potential

    The only changes I’d have made is to stick Daly on the wing rather than Sharples with Miller in at fb and perhaps Ward for George – but really that’s just tinkering

    And then there is the issue of Clark. Whilst he’s had his punishment for his attack on Hawkins, I really don’t like the idea of making him captain

    Otherwise, its nice to see an Saxons team that looks like the the England team might in a few year’s time, rather than the previous mix of old hands and a few new faces. The Saxons should always be viewed as a development squad. Its a shame they don’t get more games

    1. Daly hasn’t played much on the wing to be fair, he is best at full back.

      Agree with you on the make up of the squad in general though, looks good and gives young players a chance to stake their claim.

  5. That is a very strong, but very mobile pack. Jamie George loves to get the ball in his hands in the loose, and with back rowers like Clark, Wallace and Ewers following up we should get some great go forward ball. Lots of pace in that back line as well, I just hope there giving too much away defensively?

  6. Surprised that Matt Garvey hasn’t been included. He’s been great for bath, covers lock, strengthens the lineout. Elliot Stooke has potential but he doesn’t look nearly ready for international rugby yet and Dickinson has played all of what, 6 AP games and isn’t first choice for Saints.

    Look s a well balanced team though and pretty exciting too

    1. Agree he seems a strange omission from the Saxons, I remember watching him play for the Saxons a couple of years ago, have a fantastic game and then fall off the radar (no idea why).

  7. Would probably have started Daly at 13 (seems everyone thinks he should start in a different position- at least we agree he has to play, no matter where!) over Hopper, and would have liked to see Chris Pennell given a shot at fullback- anyone who can look that good playing for a franky appalling Worcester team deserves a chance!

  8. Anything to read into Watson being selected for Saxons? Is it just to have another look at him on the right wing? Or have they decided he’s not in contention for the first 6N fixtures I wonder?

    Good looking team, not entirely sure what Clark has done to earn the captaincy (other than playing for Leeds). Slightly disappointed not to see Rokoduguni in there, looks to have the pace, power and agility to be an international winger.

    1. Lancaster yesterday in press release: “We want to give Anthony some senior international experience and more game time on the wing. The match against the Wolfhounds is a good opportunity for him. He’s been great in training this week and to test himself against a quality Irish team will be another step up for him.”

      I really hope he goes well and ends up playing v France. Most exciting of all the new boys for me.

  9. O2 IRELAND WOLFHOUNDS Team & Replacements (v England Saxons, ‘A’ International Match, Saturday, January 25, Kingsholm, kick-off 5pm):

    15. Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)
    14. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
    12. Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    11. Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)
    10. Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
    9. Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster)
    1. David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)
    2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
    3. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)
    4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
    5. Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster)
    6. Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) (capt)
    7. Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
    8. Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)


    16. Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
    17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
    18. Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution/Munster)
    19. Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster)
    20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
    21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
    22. Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)
    23. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)

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