Jonathan Joseph loving duel with Ben Te’o for England starting spot

Jonathan Joseph admits he is relishing his ongoing duel with fellow outside centre Ben Te’o for an England starting spot

“The competition is always right up there and it’s been good with Ben. We both offer slightly different things, but it’s healthy,” Joseph said.

“We’re friends off the field but at the same time competing on it. It depends on each player, but I’m one who is never quite sure if he’s playing until the team has been named.

“Every player wants to play, that’s no secret. If Eddie has a reason why you might not be involved, you have to take that on board.

“It might be constructive criticism, it might be that he wants to look at another combination. You have to put your trust in him, he’s your coach and his word is final.”


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