England Scout Notes – 22nd September

The injury toll continues to mount in the England camp, so our scout has been busy this week keeping his eye out for which players might be ready to step up to international level this autumn.

Shane Geraghty
Exquisite distribution from fly half for Northampton, made a few clean break and decision-making looked sharp. Shame about Myler’s injury since it would be good to see Geraghty at 12.

Anthony Allen
Caused the most problems for Newcaslte in a misfiring Tigers backline. Seemed determined to stay on his feet going forwards, and was a good target for the pack. Not hugely creative, but quality of service inside him was poor so would like to see him alongside Jonny or Danny. Looked excellent in defence.

Tom Croft
Had a couple of opportunities to display his pace, and was effective in the lineout, but seemed to be hanging around on the wing quite often. Didn’t play a huge part in the game as a result, because the ball rarely got that far, and may have been partly responsible for the way Leicester were unable to string phases together.

Steffon Armitage
When a side scores a total of almost 100 points in two matches, the team must be doing something right. The backs tend to steal the limelight, and the highlights footage just shows try after try, but Armitage has been excellent at the breakdown, providing the fast ball that the backs enjoy. Also has impressive pace for a stocky player.

Lesley Vainikolo
Played first game since January, and may be worth watching. Made one good break on the counter-attack to create a try for Gloucester – a few matches out of the limelight and he might just grow in confidence and stature.