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“I would have dropped Marcus Smith” – Woodward reveals the THREE changes he’d make to the England XV

#3. DROP MARCUS SMITH

WOODWARD SAID: “Everything I’ve seen from Smith leads me to believe he is a character who rises to the occasion against demanding opposition. He is at his best when his team need him most.

Having said that, had Owen Farrell been available or George Ford in the squad, I wouldn’t have started Smith.

“Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are the midfielders the Boks would not have wanted to see. I’ve said all along, it’s ‘either or’ for the No10 shirt and for this game, I would have started Owen, with Smith coming on later in the game to cause serious damage.”

Try Celebrations for Marcus Smith of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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