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Opinion piece: Best players in the England Rugby squad right now

After an abrupt end to the Six Nations due to coronavirus fears, we take a look back at some of the stand-out players that England Rugby have to offer.

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Jonny May – Wing

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It’s great to see Wingers getting the ball and being more involved in the game on the outskirts of the field and when it comes to making the metres, local boy, Johnny May is an expert!

With his quick feet and fast pace, he makes it a real challenge to be stopped.

During the 2019 6 Nations, May managed to score a try in the first two minutes of the game…twice! (England vs France and Ireland vs England).

Making nine tries for England in the 2019 season, it seems that whenever May has the ball, England are guaranteed a try.

His 2020 Six Nations run was cut short after getting a knock to the head during a game against Wales and later failing the HIA (head injury assessment), meaning he was sent off for the remainder of the game.

Kyle Sinckler – Loose head prop

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The muscle mountain duo of Kyle Sinckler and Jamie George is any opponents problem.

With a huge 96% success rate on tackles, Sinckler has proved time and time again what an impact he has on the game, making England’s defence unbreakable.

However, some may say that he’s the “Achilles heel” of the England squad. Known for being a “hot head”, the 2019 season saw Sinckler conceded 11 penalties against him, majority being for his behaviour and fights.

Despite his reputation, Sinckler is a great asset to the England squad and a penalty is a risk that fans are willing to take to ensure that he’s on the field.

Ellis Genge – Prop

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Bristol born, Ellis Genge has been apart of the England squad since 2016, making 18 caps for the mens seniors.

Like Sinckler, Genge is a key player when it comes to the England defence. Weighing in at 133 kg, Genge makes it hard for any opponent to break through him.

As well as Sinckler, Genge has a tendency to concede penalties. Either due to behaviour or just by error. Usually the penalties come within the first 10 minutes of him coming on to the pitch, due to over excitement.

The last game (England vs Wales 2020 Six Nations) saw him concede a yellow card for being off-side within the first five minutes of him playing.

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Towards the end of the second half when players are starting to tire, seeing Genge come on really gets your hopes up, knowing full well he will really put the opposition through it. He’s a phenomenal player and everyone knows when Genge comes on that the tired opposition are in trouble.

Manu Tuilagi – Centre

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Leicester Tiger player, Manu Tuilagi with 48 caps is a “best of both worlds” players. He has a huge 84% tackle rate success while also being able to carry and break through with the ball, making 20 breaks in the 2020 rugby season so far.

Despite the 2020 Six Nations season coming to a sad end with a red card for a high tackle, he has really contributed to each game during the tournament, both defending and attacking.

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