Last weekend saw the start of England’s World Cup journey at Twickenham, writes Bloggers’ Bench member Shaun Wren.
After the Aviva Premiership final on Saturday between Saracens and Bath, the following day Stuart Lancaster was able to have a look at the fringe players when the Red Rose took on the Barbarians as they all fight for a place to get into the 31 man squad.
Let’s start with the Aviva Premiership final. Even though players, coaches and fans were focused on this game, which Saracens won 28 – 16 with Owen Farrell picking up the man of the match, people will be looking at that game with positions up for grabs as 18 members of the 50 man training squad were a part of this match.
The big one was the battle for the England fly half shirt and even though we knew what we were getting with Farrell and George Ford.