'Outstanding' back-rower backed for England call-up | Ruck

‘Outstanding’ back-rower backed for England call-up

Jack Willis produced a breakdown masterclass in front of Eddie Jones to cap Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against Northampton Saints.

Wasps made a successful return after five months of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic break with a deserved 34-21, four-try bonus-point win at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jones was close to giving Willis his debut in South Africa two years ago until a serious injury intervened, but his latest impressive performance has led to further speculation that he might play a role in England’s autumn campaign.

“It’s Eddie’s decision. England’s back-row is as strong as it’s ever been in terms of strength in depth. The young guys are all around the same age and are really coming through,” Blackett said.

“But Jack will be there or thereabouts, he can’t not be. Hopefully he keeps working hard and keeps playing well. If so I’m pretty sure he’ll get a call-up.

“Jack is proving himself at this moment in time. He’s one of the last off the training field, first on. He won’t die wondering at any time during his career.”

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Quins boss Paul Gustard compared the back-rower to Fiji superstar Leone Nakarawa after the 22 year old responded to England disappointment in emphatic style with a blockbuster attacking display against Saracens. He’s someone who can make something out of nothing. 

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