No 19th Nervous Breakdown

Last night in Santé Fe, England recorded their 19th win under Eddie Jones – that’s 19 out of 20. Add in the win against Uruguay under Lancaster and England are now 20 out of the last 21 games.

Impressive enough, although as Kiwis will be quick to point out – with some truth – they haven’t played the All Blacks.

However, when you consider that England were without some 30 players because of the Lions tour and injuries, it is actually pretty remarkable.

The Pumas are no mugs – they have a muscular pack and some talented runners.

Both games on the tour were high scoring affairs with both defences leaking tries that really should have been stopped.

Nevertheless there were quite a few young Turks wearing white – not exactly sure how they qualified, must be an EU thing!

If you missed the game the highlights are here –

The experience of Care, Hughes Robshaw, Hartley, Launchbury, Brown and Ford helped those with fewer or no caps to record an excellent win and a 2-0 series victory.

A special word for Ford whose game management, kicking and soft hands were a masterclass in both matches – and he can tackle too!

On top of the satisfying win Eddie Jones knows that he might just have found an answer for 2019 at number 7 – Tom Curry and Sam Underhill making impressive debuts over the two games.

The big job for Eddie and his coaches now is trying to whittle down the 61 players in the frame to an elite squad of just 45.

With up to 8 players in the Lions 23 for the first test plus Billy Vunipola and other key players recovering, this will not be easy – but what a problem to have!



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