England 2017 and the retention of everything.
Following up on a perfect 2016 Six Nations campaign is a seriously tall order, and one that Eddie Jones is keen to point out. However, that doesn’t diminish the expectations that the English fans have for the England 2017 Six Nations campaign.
The returning Grand Slam winners and reigning Six Nations champions have it all to play for. What England achieved last year counts for nothing if Eddie Jones can’t bring a second successive trophy home with the newish England 2.0 squad, especially after a summer of Southern Hemisphere wins against New Zealand and Australia.
Dylan Hartley stays Captain after of the England 2017 campaign, but his six-week suspension for the Sean O’Brien hit, has put added pressure on him to keep a level head.
Leading the England Grand slam winners out on to the pitch is a big ask for any Captain, but Eddie Jones has managed to retain a few experienced players to make Hartley’s job a little easier.
Joe Maler, George Kruis, James Haskell and Maro Itoje make it back into the squad, but the overall feeling is that the new bloods have the show.
Eddie Jones is looking to the future of English rugby and has added a substantial amount of non-capped players to this seasons selection.
Last year’s rising star was Maro Itoje, and he proved to be every bit as good as we’d hoped for. This season shines a little on Marland Yarde as the rising star within the England camp. A Harlequins player that has taken the Aviva Premiership by storm.
Eddie Jones on the Bonus Point: “I’ve grown up with bonus points and it’s simple. Play well you win and if you play really well you win with a bonus point.”
England 2017 Squad
New players called to the squad include Charlie Ewels, Nathan Catt, Teimana, Harrison, Nathan Huges, Alex Lozowski, Kyle Sinckler, Henry Slade, Tommy Taylor, Ben Te’o, Mike Williams, Ellis Genge and Marland Yarde.
England’s first game of the 2017 campaign will be France at Twickenham on the 4th February. A tough game that has plenty of history and rivalry to guarantee a packed stadium.