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Eddie Jones urges Henry Arundell to earn his place in England’s World Cup squad | England rugby union team

Eddie Jones urges Henry Arundell to earn his place in England’s World Cup squad | England rugby union team

Eddie Jones has challenged Henry Arundell to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad next year, revealing it took him five minutes to decide on the 19-year-old full-back. warrants a first call.

Arundell was among eye-catching inclusions named Tuesday to a 36-man training squad for a three-day camp, capping a breakthrough season at London Irish in which he scored several notable tries, including a long-range effort against Toulon this month.

Jones compared him to Matt Giteau – the former Australian Test centurion the England head coach unearthed when he was in charge of the Wallabies – and challenged Arundell to join the squad. World Cup for France 2023 in the same way as Nehe Milner-Skudder did for the All Noirs in 2015.

These are two examples he used frequently, but it was telling to hear Jones reveal how quickly he became convinced of Arundell’s potential, after watching Irish’s draw with Wasps a few weeks ago. in which he scored a searing try. Arundell is also eligible for Wales and Scotland but would be snapped up by England if he makes his full debut on the summer tour of Australia.

“He has 12 months to find his feet. Do you remember Nehe Milner-Skudder? He came out of nowhere in 2015 and that’s the kind of thing a young man can do,” Jones said.

“The reason I compared Arundell [with Giteau] is a similar story. You get reports on young players, and where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. I remember getting a report on Giteau, what he could do, and then you went to watch him play. In five minutes, you can usually determine whether he understood or not, whether he has something special.

“I gave you this example of Arundell [against Wasps]. And Giteau was the same, I went to see him play half-back for his club, and in five minutes you could see he had something on him.

“Then comes the hard part, when they have to work really hard, they don’t have to believe what people say about them, that they’re not kids, that they have to apply themselves to the task and that is where the real gamer comes in.

The test of a young player to becoming a good test player is their ability to work hard, their ability to roll with the punches, their ability to stay physically and mentally resilient and to have that mindset to keep improving .

“From what I know of him, and I met him once very briefly, he has good attributes. But we will only see that on the three days of training we have.

With 10 uncapped players in the squad, he was chosen ahead of the England game against Barbarians on June 19 – when the Premiership runners-up will not be available – and a number of senior players including Henry Slade, Ben Youngs and Joe Marler, have been rested. Sam Simmonds is injured and his club Exeter expect him to miss the trip to Australia as well as he needs hip surgery. Notable selections include prop Mako Vunipola who, as The Guardian reports, is back on Jones’s mind after being out all season.

Jones, meanwhile, acknowledged there was pressure to win in Australia with the next side drawing a line under England’s disappointing performance at the Six Nations. Jones took part in a formal review, conducted by the anonymous Rugby Football Union panel, and although he insisted it was a productive process, he felt he had had more pleasant experiences during his tenure. He is set to quit after next year’s World Cup and near-confirmed reports that he has been probed to join Racing 92 in France’s Top 14.

“Support [from the RFU] was top class, but my responsibility is to win,” Jones said. “In this job there is always pressure, of course there is pressure to win in Australia. It’s normal to be criticized, to be a little criticized. I don’t think you ever get used to it, losing. It’s not a pleasant experience. But you take the positives out of the situation you have.

On the Racing link, he told Sky Sports: “Obviously people ask you questions and if you answer it becomes a huge story. There may have been a phone conversation. Sometimes I don’t don’t manage these things, other people take care of them for you.I’m a rugby coach and I love coaching, and I always feel like I have a lot to contribute.

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