Chris Ashton’s performance was brilliant against Clermont in the Heineken Cup semi-final – he looked like the Ashton of old, tracking the ball and timing his runs to perfection. There was a beautiful 20 foot pass in the second half, and he even made a tackle (on Napolioni Nalaga, no less). His form in the second half of the season has been sublime, and he is the first man to reach 11 tries in a Heineken Cup season.
Many thought he outstayed his welcome in the England team before finally being dropped after the Autumn Internationals, but given Jonny May and Jack Nowell’s good if not excellent performances in the Six Nations, is it time Chris Ashton is recalled to the national side? Or has his ship sailed after too many error-ridden performances in the white of England? He looks certain to travel to New Zealand as part of the squad, and may well miss the first test due to the Premiership final, but he could certainly feature after that.
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