The two frontrunners are Ellis Genge and Ben Moon, who both have featured from the bench so far this Six Nations. Both players bring a huge amount of the England team, but are equally very different players, which is probably why there is such a divide amongst the fans.
Of course, it seems almost certain that both will be part of the matchday squad for the rest of the tournament, but the debate rages as to who will start.
Many fans believe that the Leicester prop has the same amount, if not more power than Vunipola, which makes him a great replacement in the loose.
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This is undeniable, and although he lacks the hands that Vunipola has, the 23-year-old has not got the nickname ‘The Baby Rhino’ for nothing. The combination of Genge and Kyle Sinckler as England props is something that excites the fans a lot, and would definitely be a very imposing pack.
On the other hand, it is the solidity of Moon that is appealing to the other fans. Many argue that the Exeter prop performed expertly in the Autumn in the absence of Vunipola and Genge, and therefore deserves a start at the Principality Stadium. Moon is a better scrummager, and could well come in handy against a Welsh scrum that got the better of the French for the majority of their match at the Stade de France. Furthermore, some have said that Genge offers more as an impact sub.
The fans have also highlighted the depth in this position, which is something that Eddie Jones will be delighted with. Both players have been retained in the squad over the weekend, and will know that they have just over a week to prove that they can start in Cardiff.
This is what the fans had to say:
As an England fan I'm hoping that Ellis Genge gets a good run.
— Andrew Bartlett (@AndrewBartletta) February 13, 2019
@EllisGenge the one and only baby ?
— Daniel Chapman (@DannyBoy79) February 13, 2019
@EllisGenge to start. England to release the baby rhino on Wales. It’s a gain in the scrum and we won’t lose anything in ball carrying
— ChrisR (@foxesfan75) February 13, 2019
@EllisGenge is the man we want on for mako
— MARK BUSWELL (@zonalfire) February 12, 2019
Good opportunity to see what Ellis Genge can do
— Benjy Woolley (@Benjywoolley) February 12, 2019
That’s not good news but could be an awesome chance for @EllisGenge to stake a claim for England greatness? What a player he could be for us…????????????????????????
— Rob Debenham (@RobDebenham) February 12, 2019
— Jack Wedderkop (@jackwedderkop) February 12, 2019
— Lexi (@LittleChief69) February 12, 2019
Ben Moon. Been brilliant. Underrated and unfashionable for some reason.
— James Daniels (@JamesDa87194302) February 13, 2019
Pretty sure Ben Moon will be the replacement. Lots of people have short memories. He was first class in the autumn
— Ryan Andrew (@ryanjandrew2) February 13, 2019
Ben Moon to destroy their reasonably solid scrum and Genge to come on when more spar to run in
— David Alderson (@Davyshark1) February 12, 2019
Ben Moon Vs Thomas Francis in the scrum would be amazing
— Adrian Lee (@tychoanomaly) February 12, 2019
Fortunately Ben @moon_p1g performed phenomenally as part of the @EnglandRugby XV against New Zealand and Australia in the autumn, so although @Mako_Vunipola will be sorely missed, we’ll be ok. ? @maroitoje will be back from injury in time for Wales. @SixNationsRugby ?
— Martin Woodward (@woodwardnl) February 12, 2019
Mako Vunipola missing the rest of the Six Nations is a major blow for England, phenomenal in the opening two games. Big chance for Ben Moon now who was impressive in the Autumn. But there aren’t many props in the world who can do what Mako does #GuinnessSixNations #WearTheRose
— Danny Till (@dannyjt10) February 12, 2019
— James Savundra (@JamesSavundra) February 12, 2019
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