England international Nick Easter has said that the team needs to create a destructive force in the team by creating a pair involving Steffon Armitage and skipper Chris Robshaw as they get ready for another assault on the Rugby World Cup this summer on home soil.
Easter, who has been recalled to the training squad for England ahead of the Six Nations Championship, said that he believes that England head coach Stuart Lancaster will need to go down that road and end the long test exile for the France based Armitage and boost whatever hopes the team has of securing glory.
England have been overlooking the Toulon for the last four years, sticking to their rule of not selecting foreign based players in the national team. It is understood that the Rugby Football Union is ready to revoke that ruling in order to open the gates for a return to the national team set-up ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
And according to Nick Easter, if the back rower can operate alongside his Harlequins FC teammate Robshaw, it will make a mouth watering combination. He added that it would be a real destructive force to have not only one, but two of those types of players in back row.
He went on to add that he believes the English team must go down that route because England has that opportunity now. Easter also mentioned that many people might frown upon it, but even South Africa abolished a similar rule and that didn’t harm their rugby at all.
However, Nick Easter says that it doesn’t need to be a permanent solution, and it can be a one-off move just for the Rugby World Cup.
Armitage has been ruled out of Six Nations Championship contention but Lancaster has promised he will consider him for the Rugby World Cup.