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Jamie George leads from the front for Saracens in Owen Farrell’s absence | Gerard Meagher

The hooker chose a good time to impress the watching England coach, Eddie Jones, at Allianz Park

On afternoons like this it is easy to forget just how long Jamie George had to wait for his first England start – that he was named as a replacement 19 times before getting hold of the England No 2 jersey, more than two years after his debut, and that he made three starts for the Lions before he did so once for his country. For here was further evidence that, if Dylan Hartley ends up being part of Eddie Jones’s World Cup squad, he will not do so as England’s first-choice hooker.

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