Since the World Cup-winning midfield duo of Will Greenwood and Mike Tindall disbanded, a favourite pastime of English rugby fans has been pondering which Premiership stars should be donning the twelve and thirteen jerseys for the national side.
Supporters have seen the likes of Matt Tait, Shontayne Hape, Brad Barritt and even League convert Sam Burgess pass through, but it seems no singular player stood out as a genuine, nailed down starter like Leicester Tigers' powerhouse Manu Tuilagi.
Before half a decade blighted by injury after injury, the Samoan-born centre rose to fame by tearing through the All Blacks. The younger brother of Samoan internationals Henry and Alesana Tuilagi presents himself as a rampaging rhinoceros of a centre, guaranteeing game line success with every touch of the ball.
Former England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster spent most of his tenure waiting - and hoping - for a fully fit and firing Tuilagi, even parachuting in the aforementioned Burgess in hope of replacing the punching power left wanting in Tuilagi's absence.
Current Red Rose boss Eddie Jones has also made no secret of his desire to appoint Tuilagi as his side's crown jewel. Last summer Jones exclaimed that when it came to the All Blacks, "No one has ripped them apart – apart from Manu."
Lancaster had Burgess and more recently, Jones has had his own physical specimen and former South Sydney Rabbitohs League man, Ben Te'o. While predominantly an inside centre, Jones has trialled Te'o in the thirteen jersey in an attempt of gifting the playmaking pairing of George Ford and Owen Farrell some firepower to work with.
Last Saturday, the tempting aroma of Tuilagi's best 80-minute performance in years began flirting with many fans' imagination, daring the collective nation to dream.
With no sign of a lack of sharpness or physical fitness, Tuilagi stamped his return with a runaway try after a trademark tackle-busting break through the fleshy abdomen of Newcastle Falcons' defensive line.
However, Jones will be wary of rising hopes when it comes to seeing Tuilagi embedded into England's starting lineup. Centring a game plan around the cataclysmic centre can do more damage than good if yet again injury strikes and there is no backup plan.
This is where Bristol Bears centre Will Hurrell enters the equation. The former Leicester, Doncaster Knights and Bath man possess a skill set that mirrors Tuilagi's muscular talents closer than any other English qualified player.
While Te'o may provide some semblance of the strength to Tuilagi, he cannot match Hurrell for pace; and the former's poor distribution game - following a career developed in League - is a genuine concern for a Test centre.
Hurrell is a man that can act as both understudy and starter in the England setup. Should Tuilagi once again fall victim to injury, Hurrell can step into England's starting berth.
While Jonathan Joseph and Henry Slade have both proved that, at times, they can provide a sprinkling of stardust to get England's attack ticking, there is a distinct lack of consistency and penetration from their game.
Since the start of the occupancy of his current role, Jones' desire for a powerful, ball carrying centre has been plain to see, with Te'o, Tuilagi and Exeter's Sam Hill all included throughout the Australian's tenure.
An understandable motive considering the way England's attack has distinctly lacked directness since their impressive Grad Slam winning, Aussie whitewashing 2016 campaign. Jones himself has commented on the lack of size in his backline division, with 18 stone Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga called up as a 19-year-old last summer as a result.
A duo of Tuilagi and Hurrell could fill the missing piece in England's backline. With George Ford and Owen Farrell pulling the strings at fly-half and inside centre respectively and a back three fit to bursting with pacy talent, Hurrell's and Tuilagi's added muscle would allow Jones to finally compose a balanced backline, adding the absent physical threat so desperately needed.
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