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Six Nations Tournament: the XV of the great absentees

2023-01-20T05:18:21.770Z


Just over two weeks from the start of the competition, find the XV of players who will not play it. 15. Anthony Watson (50 caps, England) The electric back or winger has not played for selection since March 20, 2021 and a match against Ireland during the Six Nations Tournament. Just before, he had scored a try against France. But since then, Watson no longer fits into the plans. After several difficult seasons with Bath, the player selected 50 times, however, seems to be returning to his best l


15. Anthony Watson (50 caps, England)

The electric back or winger has not played for selection since March 20, 2021 and a match against Ireland during the Six Nations Tournament.

Just before, he had scored a try against France.

But since then, Watson no longer fits into the plans.

After several difficult seasons with Bath, the player selected 50 times, however, seems to be returning to his best level with his club Leicester.

14. Jonny May (70 caps, England)

The 32-year-old winger sees the young and talented Freeman, Murdey, Arundell and Hassell-Collins returning to his position in his rear view mirror.

However good during the November tour, especially against the All Blacks, the Gloucester player was not retained by the new coach of the XV of the Rose, Steve Borthwick.

13. Robbie Henshaw (61 caps, Ireland)

This is one of the surprises of the group of Ireland for the Tournament.

Three-quarter center Robbie Henshaw, injured in the wrist, will not play the competition.

It's a real blow for the XV of clover whose Ringrose-Henshaw association was doing wonders.

12. Jonathan Danty (18 caps, France)

Will he be fit for the end of the Tournament?

The question is valid.

In any case, the three-quarter center of La Rochelle will not play the start of the competition.

Touched to a knee on December 31 against Perpignan, his power will miss the XV of France in the center of the field.

11. Gabin Villière (12 caps, France)

Wounded in an ankle and then in a hand, the RC Toulon winger chained the galleys.

Already absent for the November tour and too fair for the Six Nations Tournament, the former Rouen player was not called by Fabien Galthié and his staff.

He will have to find playing time in the club before he can, perhaps, apply again with the XV of France.

10. Adam Hastings (27 caps, Scotland)

Injured against Leicester on December 24, the Gloucester player will not play in the Tournament.

Often replacing behind the unpredictable Finn Russell, Hastings could have had playing time in the competition.

Wounded in the shoulder, he was operated.

9. John Cooney (11 caps, Ireland)

Excellent with his province of Ulster, scrum half John Cooney has never won in the selection.

Barred by Conor Murray then by Jamison Gibson-Park, the player no longer fits into the plans of coach Andy Farrell, who prefers Craig Casey (Munster) to him.

8. Billy Vunipola (101 caps, England)

The overpowering Billy Vunipola had returned to selection under the Eddie Jones era.

Solid during the Autumn Tour, the number eight of Saracens was not called up by Steve Borthwick, unlike his brother Mako.

7. Ross Moriarty (54 caps, Wales)

Rather used in the center of the third line, the powerful Welshman faces very strong competition in his position in selection.

Should an injury occur, there is little doubt that Moriarty would be recalled.

6. Tom Curry (43 caps, England)

Holder in power for a few seasons, the flanker of Sale will not play the Tournament.

The player with 36 caps was injured in a match against Harlequins in the Premiership.

But be careful, you will find another Curry in the team since his twin, Ben, has been selected.

5. Will Rowlands (23 caps, Wales)

Injured in the shoulder during a match against Argentina in November, the future player of Racing 92 told the

BBC

that he was hoping for a return in April

.

Mobile and powerful, Wales will not be able to count on their second line for the last official competition before the World Cup.

4. Cameron Woki (19 caps, France)

Holder in power with the XV of France in the position of third then second line, Cameron Woki will not play the Tournament.

Injured in a wrist, it is a blow for the XV of France.

3. Will Stuart (15 caps, England)

Often replacing behind Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart will however not be there.

New coach Steve Borthwick even preferred veteran Dan Cole (35), who is making his return with the XV de la rose.

2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (38 caps, England)

The Exeter hooker and future Montpellier player is absent from the English squad, seriously injured in an ankle.

Steve Borthwick has decided to select the irremovable Jamie George and the novices Jack Walker (Harlequins) and George MgGuigan (Newcastle).

1. Joe Marler (61 caps, England)

The pillar of Harlequins has been talked about in recent weeks but not in the best way.

Suspended for two weeks for insulting the mother of a Bristol player, the English pillar was not called by the English selection.

BUT ALSO...

Peato Mauvaka (France);

Scott Cummings (Scotland);

Rory Darge (Scotland);

Maxime Lucu (France);

Joey Carbery (Ireland);

Jack Nowell (England);

Darcy Graham (Scotland)...

Source: lefigaro

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