Eddie Jones will rest senior English players such as Ben Youngs and George Ford in July’s games against the US and Canada and will instead promote a host of rookies, including Marcus Smith who is ready for his debut.
- Eddie Jones is set to rest senior players and promote rookies for July’s games
- George Ford and Ben Youngs are among those expected to get a break
- Now that Ford is rested, Marcus Smith looks ready to make his England debut
- Jones can try to convince Billy Vunipola or Kyle Sinckler with the captain
- Alternatively, England’s head coach could turn to Bath flanker Sam Underhill
England are getting a new captain this summer and a renewed, youthful look for their Tests against the US and Canada at Twickenham.
Sportsmail understands that head coach Eddie Jones is likely to rest most of his senior players and promote a large number of rookies for July’s games.
Ben Youngs and George Ford, the leading half-back couple, are among those expected to get a break, along with Jonny May.
Eddie Jones is ready to rest most of his senior players and promote a large number of rookies in July
George Ford (left) and Ben Youngs (right) are among those expected to get a break
Youngs withdrew from the fight for the Lions tour to spend more time with his family, while both Ford and May were overlooked by head coach Warren Gatland.
Leicester’s playmaker Ford – England’s No. 10 Prime Minister – would have been best qualified to act as skipper in Owen Farrell’s absence.
Still, his anticipated absence of a 36-man squad to be named by Jones means there will be a new leader.
Jones can try to incentivize either Billy Vunipola (left) or Kyle Sinckler – both injured by leaving their lions out – by handing them the captain on a temporary basis for the games.
Alternatively, England’s head coach can turn to Bath flanker Sam Underhill (pictured)
Jones can try to stimulate either Billy Vunipola or Kyle Sinckler – both injured by the omission of their lions – by temporarily giving them the captain, although either or both can rest. Alternatively, the head coach can turn to Bath flanker Sam Underhill.
With Ford ready to rest, Harlequin’s fly-half prodigy Marcus Smith looks poised to make his England debut.
Elsewhere, Mike Brown’s Harlequins career is over after his appeal against a six-week ban on stamping was unsuccessful.
Brown was expelled on May 9 for being on Wasp whore Tommy Taylor.