Eddie Jones Knows England Have More Than One Power At No 10

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Under Eddie Jones, England hasn’t played without Owen Farrell very frequently, so arguably the most important takeaway from this rout of Tonga is that they’ve finally shown they can cope without him. If Farrell’s absence had been the talk of Twickenham before the game, Marcus Smith’s eye-catching cameo assured that his name would be on the lips of spectators on the way home.

Of course, Farrell was ruled out owing to his positive Covid-19 test, but in Jones’ previous 66 matches in charge, only three times has England’s captain been left out of the squad.

The first was a World Cup warm-up match, and the other two were in the autumn of 2017, when Farrell was limited to only one appearance after returning from the British & Irish Lions’ trip of New Zealand the previous year. According to Jones, Farrell was furious at the suggestion that he take a break.

Only nine times has he played under Jones, and the last time the head coach saw fit to start Farrell on the bench at Twickenham was against Japan three years ago. He was summoned at halftime because to England’s lackluster first-half performance. To be sure, it’s a heavy load Farrell carries, and there have been occasions when it’s appeared to get the best of him, particularly during this year’s Six Nations. Perhaps there’s also an over-reliance on the 30-year-old, or, to put it another way, would England have performed so poorly against Japan if Farrell hadn’t been on the bench?

source : Guardian sport

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