"I should have chosen Joe Marler" - Eddie Jones reveals XV that should have started World Cup final - Ruck

“I should have chosen Joe Marler” – Eddie Jones reveals XV that should have started World Cup final

England head coach Eddie Jones has admitted he made two selection mistakes heading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.

The men in white, who were chasing their second title, were defeated 32-12 by South Africa in Yokohama and Jones said he was left to rue his decisions.

“I accept that I made two selection mistakes for the final,” Jones writes in his autobiography My Life and Rugby, which was serialised in The Times.

Check out the team he wishes he selected below.



Jones revealed: “I should have chosen Joe Marler ahead of Mako Vunipola at loosehead prop as he was always the best scrummaging loosehead we had.”

1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 57 caps) REPLACED BY JOE MARLER (Harlequins, 67 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 44 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 30 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 33 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 80 caps)
6 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 18 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 14 caps) 
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 50 caps)

Joe Marler of England celebrates after winning during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK


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