sport news MIKE BROWN: Marcus Smith is a talent but not for big games at No 15 trends now

sport news MIKE BROWN: Marcus Smith is a talent but not for big games at No 15 trends now
sport news MIKE BROWN: Marcus Smith is a talent but not for big games at No 15 trends now

sport news MIKE BROWN: Marcus Smith is a talent but not for big games at No 15 trends now

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It is not easy to move from No10 to full-back. Loads of players have tried to switch and failed. It’s all well and good saying Marcus Smith has played well there in training, but that’s so different to the realities of a Test match.

Marcus is exceptionally talented. But he had no experience at full-back before the Chile game. For his first start there, I thought he did well. He looked great in unstructured situations, using his speed off the mark to beat players. He offered himself as a second receiver to get England’s attack moving.

Two tries tells its own story, and it was a good performance from England with Henry Arundell scoring five tries. I’d love to see Arundell start against Samoa now and see if he can make the step up in opposition at Test level. Maybe he could even push himself into contention for a quarter-final spot because he has the serious X-factor England needs. The same applies to Smith.

Marcus Smith is exceptionally talented but had no experience at No 15 for the Chile game, and while he looked great in unstructured situations, he made mistakes

Marcus Smith is exceptionally talented but had no experience at No 15 for the Chile game, and while he looked great in unstructured situations, he made mistakes

Smith won’t start at 15 in the big games because Freddie

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