England head coach has revealed why Saracens fullback Alex Goode has been left out of his Autumn Internationals 2018 squad yet again.
“He is not on the radar at this stage. He is a really good player but he does not fit the mould of what I want there.” revealed Jones to The Rugby Paper.
…why he left out Dan Cole?
“He’s got a bit of work to do on his game, 100 per cent. Schonert’s a young guy coming through, a reasonable scrummager with a good attitude. We want to see how far we can develop him. Hopefully Coley keeps working on his game and gets ready for the Six Nations and then he can go to the World Cup.”
…why Elliott Stooke and Charlie Ewels are ahead of Dave Attwood?
“Stooke is a line-out caller and jumper and we don’t have too many of those with Launchbury out. The only other caller we have is Kruis who is our number one caller. Maro is a part-time caller, he doesn’t call for his club, and so we needed to have another caller and Charlie Ewels is another caller. Stooke is a good aggressive young lock. We want someone who comes in the squad as that fifth lock to bring that raw aggression. Attwood is a handy player.”