Italy vs England Live

The news this week that Mike Brown has completed a “miracle” recovery to force his way back into Eddie Jones’ selection thoughts will have been disappointing news for some, just because it feels like injury to the England full-back is the only way that we will see what Anthony Watson can do in the No 15 shirt at Test level.

Much has been made of Jones’ preference to keep Brown – his Mr Dependable – at full-back throughout his 23-Test run of games. When you look at his record, it’s hard to argue against that, with Brown starting all-but-two of England’s matches since Jones took charge at the start of 2016.

But the problem for Brown – or rather those clamouring for him to be replaced in the starting line-up for this Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Italy – is that England’s wealth of talent out wide opens the option of playing the attacking-minded Watson at full-back to try and combine him with the likes of Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Jack Nowell.

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