The English MVP, who is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for England?
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) is not necessarily the best player in the team, but if you’re playing a World Cup Final tomorrow, who is the single player most important to the gameplan and outcome. Will the English MVP change during the Six Nations?
Owen Farrell is essential to the England game plan. He is essential to everything they are trying to achieve and there is no doubt that he has the ability to be able to execute at the highest level. Farrell is England’s second highest Test points scorer behind the incomparable Wilkinson. He is consistently nominated for POTY, or at least in the conversation. His kicking is nearly flawless, both from hand and off the tee. And his rugby brain keeps developing at an alarming rate.
Ford is ever present since Eddie Jones has taken over the reigns of this English side. He is essential to the game plan that England want to play, whether that is a kicking game or a wide game. The partnership between Farrell and Ford is radically essential to their team as they both offer different strengths. These strengths compliment each other and the importance can be seen here. With Ford at 10, he offers England a win ratio of roughly 90%, raising no question to why he wouldn’t be your starting play-maker.
This number 8 is no stranger in representing England as he became a representative at all underage levels starting at U18s. He is a player that is destructive whether he is on attack or defence, offering those jaw-dropping big hits. Vunipola was named in the recent Lions squad but unfortunately, a shoulder injury ruled him out. We are sure he would have been hugely influential on that tour. Among his achievements, Vunipola received three MOTM awards after his performances last year against Scotland, Ireland and France.
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Author: Taylor Curtis
I have always shared a passion for rugby whether it is on or off the field.
Experiencing both forms of code from fifteens to sevens, my rugby season well and truly never ends. When I’m not playing, I’m studying towards my double degree in media communications and psychology.