With England’s tour to South Africa just around the corner, players up and down the country are fighting to be part of Stuart Lancaster’s squad. With three test matches against the Springboks and two mid-week games to play, Lancaster has already indicated he will select a large squad for the tour.
The new head-coach showed during the Six Nations that he isn’t afraid to pick young talented players and give them a chance. So with that in mind here are four players who could make a real impact in Africa.
Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)
The young full-back has had a terrific season for the Sharks and tops the Aviva Premiership scoring charts with 10 tries. The switch from fly-half to full-back has been effortless for the former Newcastle man, and he has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season.
Miller’s ability to beat the first man and open up the space on the counter, make him an extremely dangerous player. His two tries against Gloucester last week showed he also has the ability to join the line and tackles. He faces tough competition from the likes of Ben Foden and Mike Brown, but if his dazzling form continues then he has every chance of making the squad.
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
Jonathan Joseph is one the most promising centres that England have produced in a long-time. The 20 year-old possesses a great combination of speed and footwork, something the England midfield has been lacking for quite some time.
Mike Catt, who is expected to coach the England backs in South Africa, has spoken highly of Joseph saying “He reminds me of Jeremy Guscott.”It is clear that his coaches think a lot of this young man, and if he lives up to the hype England could have a star on their hands.
George Robson (Harlequins)
The Quins second-row has had a terrific season for Connor O’Shea’s side. Robson has a tremendous work-rate and carries the ball with great power. His defensive work is superb, and he combines this with great play at the breakdown where he clears players out with ease.
Along with England skipper Chris Robshaw, Robson has been at the heart of everything that Quins have achieved this season. His style of play seems to fit perfectly into Stuart Lancaster’s system, and with Courtney Lawes out of the tour this may be his best chance to step up to elite level.
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
With England back-rowers Tom Croft and Tom Wood already out of the tour, there is a hole at blind-side flanker that needs to be filled. Young Worcester flanker Matt Kvesic could be the man to fill that shirt.
The 20 year-old has been a regular for the Warriors all season, and has been nominated for the Young Player of the Season award. His all action style of play has certainly caught the eye, he carries well and is a clever player at the ruck.
Lancaster has already shown he isn’t afraid to throw talented players in to the international stage, and Kvesic could very well be the next to earn his first cap.