Readers’ Views: Can England handle injuries?

Date published: January 28 2017

Our latest inbox wonders how England will adapt to the introduction of bonus points along with key injuries.

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England’s time to attack

This year’s tournament could produce the best rugby the Six Nations has seen with the introduction of bonus points. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how much this will influence England’s game plan, and if they’ll play a more expansive game.

England are on a roll since the last tournament but have a lot of key players, especially forwards out. Both Vunipola brothers are so important to both Saracens and England.

Their impact is clear to see and both get England moving forwards. Chris Robshaw too is a huge influence on the team, how he bounced back from the Rugby World Cup was brilliant to witness.

So what I’m most interested in is how the team will adapt with the absence of these key players. Also, how much players’ current club form will be transferred to international level.

Jack Nowell and Owen Farrell are playing some amazing rugby but Ben Youngs and Dan Cole are a part of the Leicester slump.

Defending the Six Nations is going to take a huge effort from England. They already know this and teams are going to be gunning for them. I’m hoping for players to front up and for players like Maro Itoje and Elliot Daly to continue to go from strength to strength.

Harj, England

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