Rugby Union

JONES:I’M CHALLENGED IN PICKING PLAYERS FOR THE ELITE PERFORMANCE SQUAD

The England Rugby squad emerged victorious in their test series game against Argentina with a 2-0 victory.


This has increased the number of players fighting for a spot in the England national squad, according to the Head coach.

The series which saw Eddie Jones, coach of the England team feature an inexperienced side, ending in a whitewash of Argentina.

The first test of the series in San Juan saw England emerge victors with a 38-34 win while on Saturday, the second test ended in a 35-25 victory for the Jones led squad.

The team lacked the services of more than 30 players due to injury as well as the British and Irish Lions calls. Jones noted that he was pleased with the team’s performance.

“I am very pleased for the team, I am pleased for the young players,” said the Australian.

“I am pleased that they have got some more growth in them. It is now a chance to move forward.”

More than 60 players are now in line for a spot in the team, thus increasing the options of Jones and the coach sees it as a challenge on his side.

“We have to try to fit 61 players into a 45-man EPS squad. That’s the next big thing I need to do,” he added.

The coach is building a strong team ahead of the 2019 World Cup holding in Japan. He went on further to acknowledge the roles some of the experienced players such as Mike Brown, Joe Launchbury, George Ford and Chris Robshaw played on the tour.

He also singled out some of the newcomers who had done well on the tour, players like Charlie Ewels, Sam Underhill, Harry Williams and Tom Curry. He was particularly pleased with the level of competence displayed by mark Wilson in the first test.