Sir Clive Woodward has questioned Eddie Jones latest England selection with George Furbank coming under particular criticism.
Earlier this week, the World Cup-winning coach blasted Wasps youngster Jacob Umaga after he was called up ahead of Exeter’s Joe Simmonds, insisting “He makes a lot of mistakes and often in clusters”
“I have seen nothing from George Furbank, ” wrote Woodward in his latest column for the Mail Online.
“Especially since we came out of lockdown, he has done nothing to convince me he is anywhere near first choice for England.”
He added: “Elsewhere, I see no reason to move Henry Slade from his club position of 13, where he has been ripping it up, to accommodate Jonathan Joseph.
“With an eye to the future you must go with Slade at 13 and give Ollie Lawrence a good look at Test rugby at his best position of 12.”
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What are the Italy v England odds?
- England: 1/1000
- Italy: 50/1
- Draw: 33/1
What’s our prediction?
England will be expected to win well and will. Italy may be able to hold visitors for the first 50 minutes, but Eddie Jones’ finishers will rip them to shreds in the final third of the match. England by 40
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