Rugby

Eddie Jones retains 25 players, fans aren’t happy

England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 25 players ahead of their Autumn Nations Series clash with Japan at Twickenham on Saturday.

South African striker David Ribbans could make his debut for a team largely unchanged since last weekend’s loss to Argentina.



Social Reaction:

One fan wrote: “Same old same old same old. If you don’t succeed at first…it’s obviously not the right time to try out exciting new talent.”

“It’s like they’re deliberately trying to get me to stop looking. I have not enjoyed an England game for over a year and this team is not suggesting that will change this weekend,” said a second.

A third wrote: “Same old boring bottom line as saturday then… jones has no ambition to change does he?

“Jones out… I can’t stand this boring, uninspired scum,” commented a fourth.

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Back-three:

  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 11. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath RFC)
England’s Freddie Steward goes for a try during the Autumn Nations match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In May 2022, Steward was named a Rugby Players Association. Player’s Young Player of the Year Y England Men’s Player of the Season
  • In April 2017, Nowell was called up for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, becoming the first player selected from Exeter Chiefs by the Lions.
  • Cokanasiga was born in Fiji but before he was three years old he moved to England with his father, Ilaitia, who was in the British Army.

Centers:

  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sharks for Sale)
England’s Manu Tuilagi during the Autumn Nations match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

DID YOU KNOW?

  • He was named Manusamoa, after the Samoan national team name Manu Samoa, because his brother Freddie was selected for Samoa in the 1991 World Cup, the year Manu was born.

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