Nick Evans, the fly half for the reigning Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins FC has backed his team mate Nick Easter to return to the England squad for the upcoming RBS Six Nations Championship which kicks off on Saturday at Twickenham with England taking on arch rivals Scotland.
The 34 year old Easter has won 47 caps for the England national team but has not been called up into the side since the team’s shock Rugby World Cup elimination in 2011 in the quarter final stages and doesn’t seem to be a part of head coach Stuart Lancaster’s plans for the future.
Speaking to BBC London 94.9, Evans stated that he believes Easter has been the best no. 8 in terms of form, if not in Europe then at least in the entire Premiership and has been fantastic for the reigning champions. He also stated that Nick Easter cannot be compared in terms of his work rate and the meters that he carries as well as the off loads are just absolutely fantastic and these form a massive part of his game. Although Evans admitted the youthful look of the England team has been impressive in terms of their performances of late, they still need a cool head like that of Easter to help them settle.
He also mentioned that Easter is good enough to be a part of the British and Irish Lions squad when they tour Australia in the summer, especially after missing out on the Six Nations Championships last year as well as the autumn internationals.
Nick Easter has featured in each and every match for Harlequins FC in the Aviva Premiership this season and has been a key part of the squad in their all win run to the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup as well.