The news this week that Delon Armitage and Riki Flutey are likely to miss the Autumn Internationals is a blow for Martin Johnson, but it offers the opportunity to bring other players into the setup.
There are four more rounds of the Guinness Premiership before Johnno names replacements for the two backs, and there are a number of players keen to impress.
Olly Morgan returned from injury last week to take his place at full back for Gloucester, and is already in the Elite Player Squad for England. He’ll be playing at Kingsholm this week against Northampton, and against one his rivals for the 15 jersey.
Ben Foden is currently in the Saxons squad, but his versatility may earn him a call up to the seniors for the Autumn Tests. He has plenty of support as a future England prospect, and a few good games could even see him starting against Australia.
Mathew Tait is another option at full-back, as is Ugo Monye who has been playing there for Harlequins, and that could open the door for a player like James Simpson-Daniel or Matt Banahan to come through.
Shane Geraghty appears to be a strong option to fill Flutey’s boots, although there is also a case for Jordan Turner-Hall of Quins. The injury to Stephen Myler at Northampton has meant that Geraghty’s experiment at 12 has been short-lived, but as a strong kicking option, Geraghty could suit England’s style of play.
Who do you think should step into the breach? Are there any candidates I haven’t mentioned?