There have been calls for Gloucester winger Ollie Thorley to start against Scotland this weekend after Eddie Jones cut his squad to 25 on Wednesday evening.
Anthony Watson will miss the Calcutta Cup game having already missed the opener in France last Sunday through injury.
However, with Watson now ruled out, there is a campaign for Thorley to earn his first cap for England after the 23-year-old lit up the Gallagher Premiership with mazy runs covering the length and breadth of the pitch.
It was a tough debut for Furbank in Paris, although it was a Test match where many England players struggled with the conditions and the ferocity of the French team.
Take the pressure off Furbank and put him on the bench. Start Thorley at wing and plug Daly in at fullback. Give Furbank 20mins at the end, with Daly shifting to wing for him.
— Rob Turnbull (@RobDTurnbull) February 5, 2020
Daly back at fullback and thorley on the wing
— Andrewking (@Andrew1985king) February 5, 2020
Daly to fullback, Thorely on the wing.
— Charles Spence (@ChazSpence1) February 5, 2020
Give Daly a chance at FB, and give Thorley a go on the wing. https://t.co/C2Ltix2u0l
— Matt Hardy (@MattHardyJourno) February 5, 2020
Thorley must start this weekend. a genuinely hard carrying runner would cause Scotland real issues
— Mystery Selector 4 (@4Selector) February 5, 2020
The Northampton full-back was deserving of his first cap given his form, but the same applies for Thorley. Daly could easily slot into the full-back role to give Thorley the opportunity to show what he is capable of at Murrayfield.
Furthermore, the winger offers more physicality than his positional rivals, which is what England missed in France and may miss in the backline against Scotland with Manu Tuilagi injured.
Jones narrows down the options for Edinburghhttps://t.co/0c4DQt2KP7
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 5, 2020
Jones may be reluctant to make wholesale changes in the wake of the France loss, but Thorley is a player that has been unlucky not to be capped over the past year and could provide England with something they missed last week.
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