Thursday, 21 January 2016
Underhill, a former England Under 18s captain, is currently studying at Cardiff University and plying his trade with the Ospreys.
He is also an exceptional openside flanker who will be eligible to play for Wales when his university course ends in a couple of years’ time.
The RFU have been reluctant to invoke the “exceptional circumstance” rule which allows the selection of players not playing with an English club.
Having recognised, however, the need to develop a specialist number 7, I would hope that Eddie Jones would be insisting that the RFU bring Underhill into the fold sooner rather than later. He’s not a player England can afford to lose.