No Substitute

If Eddie Jones decides to look for a new career after 2019 he could easily get a job working for a strategic consultancy.

He is obviously gifted at changing people’s perceptions as his complete regeneration of the attitude of England players has demonstrated.

The latest manifestation of this ability has been the re-naming of the subs.

No longer are the 8 who don’t start called subs or bench warmers – they are not even there damned by the faint praise of being relegated to the job of an ‘impact’ player.

No – now they are the ‘Finishers’ – guys who come on and ‘finish the job’ – making sure that the game is won.

This has been admirably demonstrated in the last two games against France and Wales – matches which everyone acknowledges could have easily been lost.

They now have a real role – a specialist one – and one they are doing remarkably well.

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