Jack Nowell is best known to fans for his unique haircut, bright blue headgear and a distinct sense of humour, but even with all these distinct qualities Stuart Lancaster does not seem to always have the Cornish winger in his starting XV.
But why? Throughout both the 2014 and 2015 RBS Six Nations Jack proved to be a consistent, reliable player while on the pitch but hehasn’t always been chosen ahead of other players such Jonny may, Anthony Watson and Mike Brown when he has been asked to play on the wing. So what does Jack Nowell offer to Stuart Lancaster for the upcoming World Cup in England? Three
main points of Jack's game should convince Stuart Lancaster that Jack Nowell is his man come the World Cup.
1. The ability to cover different positions.
This usually has caused players such as James Hook of Wales and Ryan Crotty of New Zealand to be used from the bench in the scenario of injuries which has seen them not cement a place down in the national side, but this has been an advantage for Jack during his time in the first team at
Exeter. His skills have been utilised in the centre, both left and right wing and at full back where he has performed at a consistent, reliable level causing defences to think twice wherever he is on the field.
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2. Strength in attack and defence.
Usually wingers will have be skilled in one area and lack in the other such as Chris Ashton who is an attacking threat but is a defensive liability for the England team which teams have identified, but Jack has displayed for both club and country that he is skilled in both.
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In attack, the ability to beat defender with blistering pace, nimble feet and bull like strength have allowed Jack to become one of the most potent attackers in the Aviva Premiership, in defence Jack communicates well and has the skill and positioning to make good strong tackles which rarely miss.
3. Aerial ability and a kicking game.
As a youngster, Jack was regularly deployed at full back which has enhanced both his kicking game and his ability under a high ball. Since moving onto the wing and the centre these skills are still evident which has added to his roster of skills.
With a right boot that has the power for a good clearance and also for a delicate grubber or chip over the defence makes him reliable with the boot, when required Jack shows great skill and ability under a high ball in defence with great positioning and the attacking ability to
return with either a strong run or a well-placed kick.