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An Alternative Uncapped England Backline For Eddie Jones To Consider

Following the Argentina tour and the relative success of England u-20s in Georgia it seems youth could play an increasingly important part to Eddie Jones regime.

This could mean we see the blooding of a number of new names when the autumn internationals roll around.

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9. Ben Spencer (Saracens)

The Saracens scrum-half has for a long time now been stuck behind veteran Richard Wigglesworth but he has already shown this season that he is a dangerous attacking player and could be a valuable asset for England.

With him having been around for such a long time it is hard to believe he is only 25. Add to his attacking flair a very well rounded, assured kicking game and Spencer becomes an evermore enticing prospect for selectors.

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10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)

A surprise inclusion at Eddie Jones’ pre-season training camp, Smith could be the next young fly-half to get England ticking. He has started well for his club starring in Harlequins loss to London Irish and making a large contribution to their most recent victory over Gloucester.

If the 18-year-old can continue to make waves for Harlequins he could well give Eddie Jones some serious food for thought when November rolls around.

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11. Tom Collins (Northampton Saints)

George North may be the star name out wide for Northampton but Tom Collins has had a terrific start to the season for his club. Collins pace make him a similar prospect to Leicester’s new addition Jonny May.

In open space he is deadly and in rugby sometimes there is no real match for all out pace. Collins offers a different kind of specimen to current England stars Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell which could stand him in good stead for later selection.

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12. Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints)

Northampton have recently signed Piers Francis but he may have a job in his hands ousting the young, exuberant Mallinder.

Mallinder has played much of his rugby at fly-half but could just as easily slot in at centre, his distribution and vision give him an unpredictability which could be extremely useful its second receiver. With his experience at fly-half we could also see him fill in as replacement for Owen Farrell.

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13. Max Clark (Bath Rugby)

The Bath centre exploded onto the scene last season and has very much continued his form this season. Clark has played a lot at inside centre but has also played at 13 for much of his early career.

Clark could yet turn out for Wales due to being born in Bridgend, that would be a shame for England as he could provide to be a physical, quick centre that would add so much to an England back division.

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14. Alex Lewington (London Irish)

The Exiles danger man is invaluable and has been giving Irish some much needed early season impetus along with former England flyer, Topsy Ojo. Lewington is a deadly finisher and has that killer instinct all good wingers have.

London Irish would be lost without the fast feet and good rugby brain their winger possesses, he could yet feature in Eddie Jones’ plans.

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15. Jason Woodward (Gloucester Rugby)

The Gloucester fullback was an influential presence for neighbours Bristol last season, his attacking game along with his game control. He has pace but also distribution and could play key part for Gloucester this season.

The full-back is really one of a kind and England would be lucky to have the former Hurricanes star.

England have a wealth of talent to choose from in the backs, these stars may be a long way down the pecking order but it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some of them before the next World Cup.

Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena

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About Fred Blagden

Recent Multimedia Journalism graduate. A rugby enthusiast with a particular interest in the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup. You can find him on Twitter @fredblagden and on LinkedIn.

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