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Overseas aid can help Eddie Jones expand his options with England | Dean Ryan

It need not be to the detriment of the English players to bring overseas names to clubs, and the right ones can help to create the confidence and the platform for them to perform

After the disappointment of the World Cup, English rugby has bounced back quickly with some very encouraging performances in Europe. Four of the five Champions Cup pools are topped by English clubs going into the double-headers over the next two weekends and Eddie Jones will have plenty to catch his attention as he considers his first England squad announcement in the new year.

It is great that so many young English players are in form but the Premiership is now also home to some top-class overseas talent which is showing its worth. It has proved challenging for English clubs in the past to challenge in Europe because the homegrown talent is spread so widely – though Saracens may yet be the side to prove me wrong – and it need not be to the detriment of the English players to bring overseas names in. In fact the right ones can help to create the confidence and the platform for them to perform.

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