Eddie Jones has revealed he intends to run with a very similar squad to the Autumn for the fast approaching 2022 Six Nations.
The England head coach caused a waves when he left out the likes of George Ford, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola from his squad fo the Autumn Nations Series.
During the Series, Ford was ignored despite Farrell and Smith being ruled out at one point while he also called up 20-year-old Bevan Rodd instead of Mako for their clash against the Springboks.
When questioned on their futures, specifically Mako, Jones almost slammed the door shut before backtracking slightly.
“We’ve added some youth and enthusiasm. These young guys have added a lot to the squad I think,” said Jones.
“I think we’ve moved on from the last World Cup and now we have four more campaigns before the 2023 World Cup.
“I’m very happy with the squad at the moment, we have a good balance and that’s always very important.
“Of course they could force their way back in but they’d have to show the consistency that we demand.”
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5 players who’ve been blacklisted by Eddie Jones – and the reason why
#1. Danny Care
Former England start Kyran Bracken was the first person to reveal why the Quins playmaker was mysteriously frozen out of Jones plans in 2018 despite being a regular up until that point.
“He (Care) made the mistake of speaking his mind to Eddie Jones and questioning how he wanted him to play when he was playing with an England ‘B’ team against Japan in the autumn of 2018,” revealed the former England scrum-half.
“Eddie’s response to that was ‘that’s not the attitude I want’ and he binned him from his plans.”
DID YOU KNOW? At age 11 he was invited to join the Academy at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club which meant giving up club rugby union for a fw years