POLL: Whose position in the England team is most under threat?

As England’s game with Scotland approaches, all eyes are on Wayne Bennett’s team selection for the must-win contest.

A number of changes are expected for the Coventry clash with the Bravehearts after Wayne Bennett confirmed all but everyone in the squad will get a game.

However, a number of players could potentially lose their position for the rest of the competition following that narrow defeat to New Zealand, but who is at most risk of losing their place?

We picked out five candidates.

Dan Sarginson

Potential replacements: Stefan Ratchford, Mark Percival


Sarginson’s inclusion in the England team to face New Zealand caught some people out. Nevertheless, he put in a steady performance against the Kiwis in defeat.

But will it be enough to ensure he keeps his jersey? With Ratchford and Percival providing Bennett different options, he might well try out a different combination on the left edge.

Kallum Watkins

Potential replacements: Stefan Ratchford, Mark Percival, John Bateman

England’s other centre could also see his position under threat.

There’s no doubting Watkins’ ability, but he’s in a squad with equally talented players.

With some suggesting John Bateman isn’t big enough to play in the pack, Bennett could move the Wigan forward to centre, which might see Watkins drop out.

Luke Gale

Gale Castleford

Potential replacements: Kevin Brown, George Williams

Bennett finally did what everyone had been crying out for, play Luke Gale!

The Castleford halfback missed out in last year’s Test series but was given a shot against New Zealand in the 17-16 defeat.

Whether he did enough remains to be seen, although Bennett’s admission that Gale “lost his way a little bit” suggests that he could lose his place.

Jonny Lomax

Potential replacements: Dan Sarginson, Stefan Ratchford, Gareth Widdop

Lomax’s incredible last-ditch effort to stop New Zealand scoring showcased his talents, but will it be enough to keep him in the team?

England’s squad doesn’t have another specialist fullback in its ranks, but there are at least three players who all have experience of playing in the position.

If Bennett decides to look at different players in different positions, Lomax could get lost in the shuffle.

Tom Burgess

Potential replacements: Scott Taylor

Following James Graham’s injury, Burgess’ place in the squad for Scotland looks safe.

However, with the Hull FC forward Scott Taylor set to be given a chance to impress at the weekend, Burgess’ position could be under threat if Graham returns for the match against Australia.

England didn’t appear to be as effective when the Burgess twins replaced Graham and Chris Hill against New Zealand, which might be of concern to the head coach.