Twickenham Hospitality – England Players to Watch: Dave Ewers

Six Nations Twickenham Hospitality Packages: As Eddie Jones settles into his new role as head coach of the England Rugby team, we continue our series of blogs on players who could make a big impact during the 2016 Six Nations. Jones and England have two huge matches at Twickenham during the Six Nations as they face Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March). You can see these two epic encounters in VIP style with our official Twickenham hospitality packages.

Today we take at one of the best back-row forwards in the country, Exeter Chiefs star Dave Ewers. In a highly competitive position Ewers brings a brilliant mix of power, athleticism, skill and breakdown nous. There is no doubt his form over the past two season’s warrants a selection in Eddie Jones’s first EPS squad in January.

The 25-year-old was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, but after moving to the UK at a young age he worked his way through the exceptional Exeter academy system and into the first XV. After just a handful of appearances it was obvious that the 6’4” 18st flanker was destined for international rugby.

In January of 2015 he earned his first call-up to the England Saxons squad and made an impressive debut against an experience Irish Wolfhounds outfit. His performances for the Chiefs are characterised by his powerful ball carrying.

In the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership season Ewers stats compared with his England rivals were mightily impressive. As shown below:

AP 2014/15         Carries  Metres Def Beaten     Tackles     Tackle %

Haskell                    111           166             15               169                92

Wood                      120           176              0                 101                87

Clark                        119           206             7               219                   90

Ewers                      200           400              35              226                93

Stats: Opta Rugby ©

His work in defence and at the breakdown cannot be underestimated. He is able to wrap attackers up in the tackle and force turnovers. His ability to move quickly over the ball and use his weight and size make him a valuable weapon.

Last week Ewers produced one of his most complete performances against current England skipper Chris Robshaw. His coach Rob Baxter was full of praise for the performance, “Dave had a monumental game.

“I know he was coded at 22 tackles, but with assists I coded him at another five or six tackles on top of that – he was getting towards the 30-tackle mark and four or five of them were genuine big, solid stop tackles.

“He certainly carried and made more yards than almost any other player on the field, and when I say yards I mean hard yards.”

A player with his skill and physicality would provide England’s back-row with an extra-dimension. His work at the ruck would be an obvious plus, but his carrying and offload game will take some of the pressure off the likes of Billy Vunipola.

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