England’s disastrous World Cup campaign has seemingly spelled the end to a number of international careers.
Interim Coach Stuart Lancaster has left a number of England’s key players out of his latest squad and it is true that a major clearout was needed to put the farcical World Cup campaign behind them and look to the future.
There is however at least one player who can feel incredibly unlucky to have missed out on a spot in the squad for the Six Nations, Nick Easter.
Easter has been on scintillating form for Harlequins this season since returning from New Zealand, but as a senior member of England’s World Cup side he was amongst a list of names that had to go for any true impact to be felt.
Throughout this season Quins have sat top of the Aviva Premiership, and barring their huge shock defeat at the hands of Connacht in the final round of the Heineken Cup pool matches would have qualified for the European Quarter Finals at Toulouse’s expense.
Easter has been a key part of the side and is still showing signs of being able to play at the very highest level. There is no doubt that he could and perhaps will in the future play a major role within the England team but a statement was needed by Lancaster and Easter is one of those who has paid the price.
Others to have missed out include; Delon Armitage, losing his place to Mike Brown, Mark Cueto and retiring players such as Steve Thompson, Lewis Moody and Jonny Wilkinson.
This all leads to a very new look England side that will line up against Scotland on Saturday and Lancaster has ensured that it will be a side that moves on quickly from the World Cup fiasco. The latest Six Nations betting makes England the favourites.
The door is not permanently shut for any of those that missed out and the likes of Nick Easter will be battling to regain their place in the side.