& # 39; I'm the second man behind Billy Vunipola & # 39 ;: the exile from England, Carl Fearns, wants a place in the back row … even though he can not be chosen by Eddie Jones
- Carl Fearns can not be chosen by Eddie Jones while playing in France for Lyon
- The 18st 8lbs of the back row left Bath in 2015 to move through the canal
- He had the opportunity to move to Gloucester last year, but he retired from the deal.
Will Kelleher For Mailonline
The exile of England Carl Fearns believes that he is the only man who could replace Billy Vunipola, but can not be chosen because he plays in France.
The 18-year-old 18-pound 18-pound Lyon man is a powerful rower who carries the ball and who left Bath in 2015 at the time of Sam Burgess at the club.
He never won an England match, but he did play for the second string Saxons and in a game without games against the Barbarians.
Carl Fearns can not be chosen by Eddie Jones while playing in France for Lyon
The RFU has a rule that prevents them from choosing those who play outside of England, and head coach Eddie Jones said he would not activate the "exceptional circumstances" clause for Fearns.
But the man himself, having returned from a serious knee injury that saw him miss almost an entire year of rugby, says England could do with him, especially with Vunipola, Nathan Hughes, Sam Simmonds and Chris Robshaw, all injured.
Fearns, who played against the Saracens on Saturday, had the opportunity to sign for Gloucester last year, but withdrew from the deal.
"The reason I was going back to England is that if you take Billy Vunipola out of the England team, there is no other real line that plays like me," he said.
& # 39; I'm the second guy behind Billy Vunipola in my eyes.
Fearns believes he is the second single behind Billy Vunipola of English in the back rows
"If I had gone to Gloucester just to play in England, then I felt that would be wrong." If I got injured when I was in Gloucester just to play in England, I could not do that.
"I felt he would eat away from me, I ended up staying in Lyon and then I got injured for a whole year, so it ended up being the right decision."
Fearns, nominated for the best player of the year award in the Top 14 league in France in 2016-17, has not ruled out a return to England to make his way to the World Cup in 2019.
"Never say never," he added.
Fearns is an 18-pound 8-pound man from Lyon and a powerful rower who carries the ball that Bath left in 2015
& # 39; I am happy where I am in Lyon. If I go back to the levels I was in two years ago, who knows what will happen.
& # 39; I made the decision to stay and not go to Gloucester and I am happy with that. I'll be honest, I'm good at good pace after being out for 12 months.
"I'm in France, so Eddie can not choose me and there's nothing I can do." All I can do is keep playing well for Lyon and if people want it to happen, then it could happen. "