As England Rugby continue their search for a new head coach, we look at some players who could make an impact in the 2016 Six Nations campaign. VIP Twickenham hospitality guests will see England in two crucial home games against Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March). Don’t miss out on the ultimate Twickenham hospitality experience with Eventmasters.
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In this blog we focus on flanker Matt Kvesic who has made a superb start to the season with his club side Gloucester.
Over the past two years debate has raged about England’s back-row options particularly at openside flanker, the position occupied by skipper Chris Robshaw. While Robshaw is a fine player, many feel his qualities would be better utilised at blindside flanker. Kvesic could be the man to solve England’s problems at the breakdown.
The 23-year-old began his career at Worcester Warriors, in 2009 he became the youngest player to represent the club in the professional era. From that point on his career with the Midlands club went from strength to strength.
In 2010/11 the Warriors were looking to bounce back to the Aviva Premiership and they did it in emphatic style winning 30 out of their 31 fixtures. Kvesic played a key role in the team’s success and was named Young Player of the Season and he signed a two year contract extension.
In the 2012/13 Kvesic played some superb rugby for the Warriors, his physicality and intelligence at the breakdown marked him out as one of the outstanding openside prospects in the country. In his final season with Worcester he was named Player of the Season and Players Player of the Season, before leaving to join Gloucester.
During the summer of 2013 Kvesic won his first senior England caps as they toured Argentina. In the two games against Los Pumas he showed why he is so highly regarded. Winning turnovers and disrupting the breakdown, along with some powerful carrying and clever link play.
Despite playing in a struggling Gloucester team, Kvesic has been a consist performer and earned a spot in the 50 man training squad for the World Cup. But he wasn’t given the chance to stake his claim in the QBE Internationals, to the bemusement of fans and pundits across the country.
At the start of this season there is no doubt that Gloucester seven has been the best breakdown forward in the country. He consistently creates havoc in the tackle area whether it be a turnover or slowing the ball down. England are in desperate need of a breakdown specialist and they have one in Kvesic.
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