Jones excited by strength in depth

England head coach Eddie Jones believes the performance of his young squad in the 2-0 series win over Argentina has given him a selection headache.

England were missing a total of 30 players, either through Lions selection or injury, but put in a strong performance to beat Argentina 25-35 in Santa Fe.

“It’s a great achievement and I am very pleased for the team and pleased for the young players,” said Jones. “I am pleased that they all have a bit more growth in them and now it’s a chance to move forward.

“We’ve got to try and fit 61 players into a 45 man Elite Player Squad, so that’s the next thing I will be trying to do.”

Jones said a few of the new players had done “really well”, including Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Mark Wilson up front and Piers Francis and Alex Lozowski in the backs.

However, Jones reserved special praise for the performance of some of his senior players on the night.

“I thought Robshaw and Brown were absolutely exceptional,” he said. “They showed why they are 50 cap plus test players.”

Jones added: “We wanted to win 2-0 and then to have a number of young players come through really well is great for us.”


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