Tom Curry stands out in pragmatic England’s win over Barbarians | Gerard Meagher

Eddie Jones is looking for young players to force their way into his England team and Tom Curry impressed, as did the abrasive Ellis Genge

Considering that Eddie Jones has admitted to feeling “filthy” for more than a month after England’s defeat by Ireland, this stilted if spirited victory can at least be viewed as the start of the cleansing process.

It was not the grand unveiling to the second phase of his master plan – eight uncapped starters and a feisty Barbarians side made sure it was never going to be – but winning is an addictive habit for Jones and he will care little that there was barely a sparkle in an exhibition match that tends to offer the promise of fireworks.

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