Eddie Jones faces enormous England fan backlash if he still ignores Alfie Barbeary after this
By Rugby Onslaught

Eddie Jones faces enormous England fan backlash if he still ignores Alfie Barbeary after this

Wasps back row Alfie Barbeary put in a performance against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday of a player who had recently been dropped by England.

Many England fans were expecting the 21-year-old to make his England debut against Scotland in the Calcutta Cup on that day, but instead he was part of a heroic comeback by Wasps at Sandy Park.

Playing at No8, he scored his side’s penultimate try of the game on 78 minutes to make the score 26-22 before a last gasp try by Paolo Odogwu to secure the win. He showed his power for the try, forming a seemingly unstoppable maul with his teammates. Take a look:

However, if the try did not send a message to Eddie Jones, perhaps this stat did: he made the most carries in a match in the Gallagher Premiership this season with 24. The stat was shared by Opta this week, and pretty much sums up the form he is in. If Jones wanted a response from Barbeary, he certainly got it.

The Wasps man is part of Jones’ 36-man England squad ahead of a trip to Rome on Sunday to take on Italy. With England’s blindside from the Calcutta Cup Lewis Ludlam out with a rib injury, the door has been opened all the more for Barbeary. Surely Jones can’t overlook him now.

England Squad

Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)
Ollie Chessum, Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 37 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 5 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 27 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 62 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 52 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 4 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 90 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 75 caps)
Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 10 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 48 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)

Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 53 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 78 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)
Max Malins (Saracens, 11 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 8 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 44 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 6 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 113 caps)