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'How do you justify it if he has been playing well for England and his club?'

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Joe Marchant’s impact on the Guinness Six Nations should earn him an extended run in England’s midfield, according to Harlequins attack coach Nick Evans.

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Quins’ England quartet are available for Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership derby against London Irish, with Marchant set to be involved alongside Marcus Smith, Alex Dombrandt and Joe Marler.

While Eddie Jones’ men endured a disappointing third-place finish in the Six Nations, Marchant’s continued progression as an international outside centre who can also cover the wing was among the few positive developments.

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The 25-year-old ended the championship in dynamic fashion against France and Evans insists he is only just beginning to realise his potential.

“Joe has got his foot in the door, which is important for him now to push on and really make sure that starting position in the England team is nailed on,” Evans said.

“He was arguably one of the players of the game in that French game. He did exceptionally well, he looked dangerous in attack and defensively he looked really solid.

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“If March plays well, it is hard to keep him out. How do you justify it if he has been playing well for England and his club?

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“Joe has got a really high ceiling. He’s a big confidence player and we have spoken to him about just being decisive and not getting bogged down in structure. If you are in space, stay in space. And if you see space, just attack the space.

“He has matured over the last couple of years. It has allowed him to be a lot more expressive and he is reaping the rewards.”

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finn 5 hours ago
Mick Cleary: 'England fans are entitled to be grumpy and weary'

“no stand-out talent that would trouble the selectors of a world XV. Until that status changes, then they will be confined to this mid-table (at best) mediocrity.” I really think this is nonsense analysis. Finn Russell isn’t better than George Ford. Jamie George is the third best hooker in the world after Marx and Sheehan. Ben Earl would probably start for any team in the world bar Ireland, and the same goes for Ollie Lawrence when he’s in form. The problem England have is (1) people hate their style of play, so will always overlook players like Ford and George when comparing them with more flashy alternatives; (2) that people expect England to be one of the best teams in the world, so when they fall short it is held against them. Finn Russell has far more poor games than George Ford, but because Scotland aren’t expected to be consistently winning trophies it isn’t a scandal when he does play badly. Conversely if Ben Earl was playing for scotland, or wales, or italy, everyone would be blown away by his performances, but because he’s only playing slightly better than we expect english back row players to play then he’s not given the plaudits he arguably deserves. I say “arguably” because ultimately I don’t think it matters whether we value individual players accurately or not. I’m not aggrieved that english players don’t get selected in world XVs, I just don’t think its a good explanation of a nation’s performances!

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