“How do you justify it if he played well for England and his club?”
Joe Marchant’s impact at the Guinness Six Nations should earn him an extension in the England midfield, according to Harlequins attacking coach Nick Evans.
Quins’ English quartet are available for Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership derby against London Irish, with Marchant expected to be involved alongside Marcus Smith, Alex Dombrandt and Joe Marler.
While Eddie Jones’ men endured a disappointing third-place finish in the Six Nations, Marchant’s continued progression as an international outside center who can also cover the wing was one of the few positive developments.
The 25-year-old finished the league in strong form against France and Evans insists he’s only just begun to realize his potential.
“Joe got his foot in the door which is important for him now to keep going and make sure the starting position in the England squad is nailed down,” Evans said.
“He was without doubt one of the players in the game in this French game. He did exceptionally well, he looked dangerous in attack and defensively he looked really solid.
“If March is playing well, it’s hard to keep him out. How do you justify it if he’s been playing well for England and his club?
“Joe has a very high ceiling. He’s a great confidence player and we talked to him about just being decisive and not getting bogged down in structure. If you’re in space, stay in space. And if you see the space, just attack the space.
“He has matured over the past two years. This allowed him to be much more expressive and he is reaping the rewards.
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