England’s World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward believes Eddie Jones has some tough decisions to make ahead of the Six Nations finale, starting at scrum-half.
“Dan Robson is the form player and has been for a while,” wrote Woodward in his column for the Mail Online.
“Is there any good reason to delay his re-introduction when Ben Youngs — great servant that he has been — is not going to be the playmaker England need in three years?
“England need Robson’s pace and tempo and Robson needs more caps.”
Woodward also believes that places are up for grabs in the second and back-row.
“The two big calls Jones needs to make are lock and No 8,” continued Woodward.
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“Maro Itoje is the best lock in the world but England need to nail down who his partner is. We have had George Kruis — now in Japan — Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury, and Jones also likes Bath lock Charlie Ewels. What’s his first-choice pairing?
“Finally to No 8. Billy Vunipola hasn’t reached the heights for a while and based on the speed of opposition back rows, I believe his place is under threat. England have back-row players coming out of the woodwork but who is the natural No 8?”
QUILTER CUP 2020
- Sunday 25 October 2020: England v Barbarians, KO 14:00 GMT, Twickenham Stadium (LIVE on Sky Sports Arena)
GUINNESS SIX NATIONS 2020
- Saturday 31 October 2020: Italy v England KO 16:45 GMT, Stadio Olimpico, Rome (LIVE on ITV)
ENGLAND MEN 2020 QUILTER INTERNATIONALS AS PART OF THE AUTUMN NATIONS CUP
- Saturday 14 November 2020: England v Georgia KO 15:00 GMT, Twickenham Stadium (LIVE on Amazon Prime)
- Saturday 21 November 2020: England v Ireland KO 15:00 GMT, Twickenham (LIVE on Amazon Prime and Channel 4)
- Saturday 28 November 2020: Wales v England KO 16:00 GMT, venue TBC (LIVE on Amazon Prime)
- Sunday 6 December 2020: England v TBC KO 14:00 GMT, Twickenham Stadium (LIVE on Amazon Prime)
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This year, 11 South Africans, 10 New Zealanders and six Aussies will take to the field during the Autumn Nations Cup despite their countries not taking part.
Find out who has the most as we rank the participants from least to most.
8. GEORGIA – 1
- Merab Sharikadze (Russia)
7. FIJI – 2
- Ben Volavola (Australia)
- Sam Matavesi (England)