Jones relishing Barbarians fixture

England head coach Eddie Jones believes the fixture against the Barbarians is an ideal opportunity to help his squad prepare for their two-Test tour against Argentina.

Jones has named 15 uncapped players in his squad for the matches against Argentina in June.

However, before that tour they face the Barbarians on 28 May at Twickenham Stadium.

“We are treating it like a Test match,” said Jones. “It’s a game we want to win and will pick our strongest squad depending on who is available.”"I feel these players can take us to another level."

England have met the Barbarians on 15 occasions since their first encounter in 1990, and lead the head-to-head 8-7. The Barbarians last registered a win against England in 2014, running out 39-29 winners, but the last meeting saw England prevail by a record 73-12 margin.

It is a match that will likely see some players make their England debut and Jones believes several could still force their way into his long-term plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“I feel these players can take us to another level,” he said.

“You get handed an England shirt and an opportunity to improve it. If you improve it a lot you get to wear it again and these guys have got the opportunity to use the England jersey.

“I would imagine 75% of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations squad will go to the world cup but the next 25% is the interesting part and the next 25% could come from this squad and that is exciting.”"It’s that special sort of game that’s etched in everyone’s memory."

Jones is also relishing welcoming the Barbarians to Twickenham in May, describing the fixture as a “great bonus”.

He added: "They play with a style and a panache that makes the game entertaining.

"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for players to play for the Barbarians and to play against the Barbarians, so it’s that special sort of game that’s etched in everyone’s memory.”

The Barbarians will face England for the 16th time since 1990 next month, having won seven and lost eight in the overall series.

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