Henry Arundell should play the next 6 Nations Tournament with England. Transferred from London Irish to Racing 92, the winger who scored a quintuple benefits from “exceptional circumstances” and will be at the disposal of Steve Borthwick.
The hero of the weekend is Henry Arundell. Author of a fantastic quintuplet against Chile, the English winger caught the eye of Steve Borthwick. Formerly a resident of London Irish, the young bombshell joined Racing 92 before the World Cup. The future Parisian should therefore not be selectable for the XV de la Rose. But the Telegraph informs this Sunday that the English winger will benefit from “exceptional circumstances” due to the financial difficulties of London Irish.
Like Jack Willis, when he left Wasps for Toulouse, Arundell will be entitled to an exemption and will be able to play in the 2024 6 Nations Tournament. Then, the Rose winger will be ineligible for possible participation in the summer tours and autumn.
Premiership facing exodus?
The British media reports conversely that Joe Marchant (Stade français) and David Ribbans (Toulon) should not be selected for the next Tournament. More generally, English rugby is facing serious economic difficulties and could see many of its internationals cross the Channel. In the September 18, 2023 edition, Midi Olympique revealed in particular that Kyle Sinckler, Elliot Daly, Will Stuart and Lewis Ludlam were targeted by several French clubs. Beyond the executives of the XV de la Rose, sixty to eighty players could be affected by an exodus across the Channel.