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England’s young wingers have impressed with their verve, energy and willingness to run back at the opposition during this Six Nations but one nagging fact stands out.
Among the top four nations in the table, England are the only side whose wingers have not contributed a single point to their effort.
Statistics don’t tell the whole story, and they were both effective against Wales with their counter-attacks and ability to run at space but on the list of attributes a coach would look for in a winger, try-scoring prowess would come high up the notepad.
May has had the best chance, and he blew it, failing to ground the ball when he was a finger nail away from scoring against Ireland, and he has, at times, seemed reluctant to back his pace on the outside, zig-zagging in-field instead.
Nowell had a nightmarish start against France but that was more down to the treacherous bounce of the rugby ball than his own errors. And he linked brilliantly with Courtney Lawes in the sweeping move that so nearly gave Luther Burrell a second try against the Welsh. There is, it would seem, much to come from the young Exeter man.
But the wide men, more than many other positions in the team, are feeling the heat of the other contenders breathing down their necks. Marland Yarde is finding his fitness and sharpness, and Christian Wade is on the comeback path. Anthony Watson of Bath remains on Stuart Lancaster’s radar. And then there’s Manu Tuilagi.
Lancaster’s "pick on form" approach would make the relegation of either Burrell or his midfield mate Billy Twelvetrees impossible, so could the coach be tempted to deploy the Leicester wrecking ball wider out?
There are duties required on the wing such as the diffusion of bombs and kicking from hand that Tuilagi doesn’t possess to any great standard, but it might be tempting for Lancaster to see how the man who was, by some distance, England’s greatest attacking threat in 2012 and 2013, performs with ball in hand from the wing.
The men currently in possession of the shirts could use the championship’s final weekend to quieten such suggestions.
To do so, they need to find their way to the try line.