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Four potential bolters for England summer tour

With the regular Gallagher Premiership season now over, the focus will slowly be shifting towards the England summer tour of Japan and New Zealand. 

Steve Borthwick’s side come into the end-of-season antics with some decent momentum following their shift towards attacking rugby in the Six Nations, but will he keep the same squad together?

Across the Gallagher Premiership, several young-guns have put their hands up for a test debut, and with the first test coming against Japan it could prove a good opportunity to reward these breakthrough stars.

And so, with that in mind, here are four potential bolters to go on England’s summer tour.

Four potential bolters for England summer tour

Greg Fisilau 

The Exeter number eight has been incredibly impressive all season. He is such a powerful ball-carrier, has a real knack for getting his team over the gainline. He has also made himself known in defence, becoming one of Exeter’s enforcers on that side of the ball. Fisilau has also got his first real exposure to the test arena with the England A team, where he again showed his quality. Could be a really good call to blood him in against Japan.

Ted Hill 

Is Ted Hill really a bolter? The Bath flanker won his first (and only) cap against Japan back in 2018, so it would be a fitting way for him to return to the international stage. Since his return from injury, Hill has once again established himself as one of the best back-rowers in the Premiership. He is great on both sides of the ball, and his size also makes him a good option in the lineout too. With Ollie Chessum now out of the England tour too, there is an opening for Hill to fit in.

James Williams

The Bristol Bears centre has really hit a purple patch this season. He has pushed star signing Virimi Vakatawa out of the Bristol starting side, adding a different dynamic to their attack in the process. Williams’ ability to play both fly-half and centre makes him a good option as he can act as that second ball-player, and this could really suit England’s attack as well. He has plenty of competition in either position though.

Gabriel Ibitoye 

The Bristol winger has grown as the season has gone along. Ibitoye led the league for meters made line breaks and defenders beaten, and has quickly become Bristol’s main attacking threat. He also made the most carries out of any Bristol player this season. His raw speed and power would also compliment this new England attack as well. England are blessed with wingers at the moment, but it might be hard to overlook Ibitoye this summer.