Some of these England players could have passed unnoticed in their own villages before this national revival started. Geoff Parling, Ben Morgan and even Owen Farrell would have been unknown to all but the cognoscenti.
Any number of England’s new brigade could make an impact, but Ben Morgan has made a massive impression on me. Busting through the tackles and making telling surges is his forte and England have lacked that recently.
Kieran Read is a rugby union player for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition and New Zealand internationally. He plays as a blind-side flanker or No.8. In 2009 he supplanted Rodney So'oialo as the All Blacks first choice No.8.