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Eddie Jones gives chaos a whirl to keep England on their toes for autumn Tests

With James Haskell jettisoned and Courtney Lawes given a hurry-up the England coach wants squad to feel uncomfortable as they prepare for the November internationals and build towards the 2019 World Cup

No one can spot a speck of complacency at 20 paces more surely than Eddie Jones and the announcement of England’s autumn international squad was a classic of the genre. Drop a senior player to send a message to everyone else? Check. Tell an in-form Lion he needs to crank things up further? Check. Make it crystal clear there will be no 2019 World Cup success without improvements across the board? Check, mate.

It made for an interesting, occasionally enlightening morning beside the Thames at the London offices of Old Mutual Wealth, sponsor of the November Tests. Jones likes working beside stretches of water, whether it be Sydney’s Coogee beach or Brighton marina, but he hates going with the flow. No England player with any ambition to be big in Japan will be doing any drifting on his watch.

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