Who should feature in Johnno’s Six Nations squad?

Martin Johnson will name a revised Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations next week, and there have been several players recently making a case for themselves in the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup.

I have picked out a few players that have caught my eye over the last few weeks, but let me know who you think should be in the reckoning.

Chris Ashton
Northampton’s lightning bolt on the wing has found his feet at Premiership level this season, and his finishing ability should have the England selectors looking his way. Ashton has scored 15 tries in all competitions this season, and with England’s lack of try-scoring ability, he could be just what we need.

Toby Flood
At one stage, I thought that Flood should never be considered for England again, but my view is changing. He has made a significant difference to Leicester since returning from injury, standing flat and creating space for his backs. Jonny hasn’t been the easiest player to play outside in recent England appearances, and perhaps Flood would be a better option?

Delon Armitage
A try-scoring return from injury has surely put him straight back in the reckoning at full-back. Ben Foden has also been impressing, but Johnno seems reluctant to pick him and is likely to welcome Armitage back to the fold. Hopefully, Ugo Monye and Mark Cueto will be left to do their jobs on the wing.

Jon Golding
The Newcastle prop was superb against Wasps at the weekend, and his season statistics are impressive. This Six Nations will probably come too early, but with England’s front row issues, Golding may well be worth considering.

Chris Robshaw
The Harlequins blindside flanker has been on the rise for the last couple of seasons, but hasn’t quite broken into the senior squad. With Joe Worsley struggling with injury, Johnson may look for cover in this area and Robshaw could be the man.

Let me know what you think. Who would you like to see named in the squad?

6 thoughts on “Who should feature in Johnno’s Six Nations squad?

  1. Robshaw is a shining light for Quins at the moment – a real leader in the team. He should definitely be in the frame, but will more than likely be overlooked for someone like Croft despite his relatively poor form recently for club and country.

    I’d also be inclined to give young Joe Simpson his chance as well. He’s built on his early season form, and with the decline in form of Danny Care, he could be an option.

  2. I am excited as there is a lot of talent out there, however non of it will reach the “elite squad”, god forbid the field.

    Front row: Webster (wasps), Cole (tigers) golding (flacons)
    Second row: kennedy, Lawes
    back row: Robshaw, Croft, Armitage, Soul, Dowson
    Scrum half: Simpson, B Youngs, N Youngs
    Fly Hslf: Cipp, Geraghty
    Centre: Hipkiss, Tait, Clarke,
    Wings: Cato, Ashton
    Fullback: Foden

    These are all the people who will not play, I’m not saying pick all of them, not even half of them, one or two would be nice. My bet is that come 6N non of these guys will be on the pitch, a couple on the bench and one or two in the squad.

    A bit sad

  3. Sad but true Ronbraz. Expect the team to be essentially the same as the autumn series, with only changes being in the front row and at FB with injured favourites now fit. Got a feeling there’s going to be a fair bit of traffic on this site next week.

  4. Chris Ashton is a crystal clear choice. He has improved on his defense (although it will never be the best tackler out there) , his support running is impressive and he is a top class finisher. What else do we need? Kennedy and Lawes we talked about them 1000 times. He will choose Borthwick and,oh my lord, Deacon again. Nobody knows why. It is nice to have Delon Armitage back at 15 tough! And I also agree on Golding and Flood. I am a Saints supporter and that is why I am probably not 100% objective but what I have seen this year Phil Dowson looks very ready for the International work as well!

  5. Joe Simpson is out with a dislocated shoulder, so he wont be in the reckoning.

    I have to agree though, all I have come to expect from Johnson is that he’ll plough on with the warhorses he trusts, rather than considering some new blood. Admittedly, he wants to try and keep some sense of continuity going and I respect that, but there’s no sense in being consistent with consistently average performers*.

    *See Borthwick etal.

  6. Borthwick consistently average? I agree with you that he’s consistent, but I think average is a bit kind!

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