Ahead of the next Six Nations, here are five players who missed the Autumn Nations Series and could make the squad for England on Tuesday.
Will Collier (Harlequins, prop)
Collier was thrust into the limelight earlier this season when Wilco Louw was injured. The Quins veteran seized the opportunity and has since played some of the best rugby of his career. This recent spell of incredible form could see Collier wear the rose in February – he hasn’t worn an England shirt since the Argentina tour in 2017. If Collier’s luck he could find himself backing team-mate Kyle Sinkler again , but this time for England. However, he has fierce competition for a spot from rejuvenated Tigers veteran Dan Cole.
Harry Potter (Leicester Tigers, wing)
Leicester fans will be tired of all the cheap magic-related jokes directed at Potter, but they’ve all been justified (even if they get boring and cheesy). Potter has been electrifying for the Tigers since leaving Australia. Eddie Jones will surely want Potter on the team soon so his loyalties remain in the northern hemisphere – he’s also eligible for the Wallabies if they come calling this summer.
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, Fly Half)
England’s perennial starter was surprisingly left out of the autumn squad as Jones sought to assess new talent for the coming years. As the Premiership’s points-scoring leader and current Player of the Month, Ford is sure to return to the squad to rival Harlequins star Marcus Smith for a few minutes. Ford’s omission for the second time would be ridiculous given his consistency and class as a player.
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, scrum half)
Randall is the most dynamic and creative young nine in the country. His potential is limitless and he’s definitely on Jones’ radar. Randall has been selected for England twice, last summer for matches against the United States and Canada (both starters), then again for the Autumn Nations Series, from which he unfortunately had to withdraw in due to injury. The potential half-back duo of Smith and Randall is nothing short of tantalizing to England fans.
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, back row)
Barbeary played all over the court, starting life as a center before moving up to No. 1, and eventually No. 2 with Jones’ blessing. With young Wasp already on the England manager’s watch list, it’s only a matter of when, not if, Barbeary will make the squad. Although he may not have the same years of experience as his third line competition, he is playing at this level, with 11 tries in his first 20 senior performances for Wasps.