“Consistently did stupid things” – Eddie Jones names his worst England call-ups - Ruck

“Consistently did stupid things” – Eddie Jones names his worst England call-ups

From the era of Curry and Underhill, to the dynamic duo of Itoje and Genge, Eddie Jones had exhibited remarkable skill in selecting the ideal players across the pitch since assuming the helm in 2015.

Nevertheless, not every player he called up managed to make a lasting impact.

As we delve into some of the individuals Eddie Jones brought into the squad since December 2015, we aim to comprehend, in their own words, why they couldn’t solidify their positions in the hearts of fans as once anticipated.

#5. Denny Solomona

His England career began with the definition of a ‘bang’ – a dream first run out in the England shirt, he came off the bench to score a last-minute winner in a dramatic 38-34 win against Argentina in San Juan on June 10, 2017.

Jones said: “There’s something about him, he finds the [try] line and you like wingers who find the line. I think he’s got that X factor, whatever you want to call it.”

However, two months later, Solomona was sent home from England’s training camp in disgrace after returning drunk to the team hotel. The winger would win just three more caps, failing to score in any of them with Jones questioning the speedster’s character. Not what we all expected after a stunning debut.

RUCK VERDICT: He has vowed to put his off-field problems behind him. His Premiership form before lockdown earned him some admirers – time for an international recall? You never know.