Tom Wood: I did not have a tantrum, Eddie Jones says it how it is at the time

• Recalled flanker wins over England coach after ‘distinctly average’ jibe
• Wood hopes to earn a place in squad to face South Africa at Twickenham

If anyone is equipped to prosper at England’s training camp in Portugal it is Tom Wood. As well as offering the extra lineout option Eddie Jones may yet need against South Africa next week, the Northampton flanker boasts a black belt in jujutsu which should give him a slight advantage when England return to their judo mats in the Algarve this week.

The multidimensional Wood, who also enjoys archery and off-roading, was a keen martial arts exponent as a youngster before he entered full-time rugby. “I started at seven or eight,” he said. “I did a bit of karate to start with before some new guys came into our club with a jujutsu background. I did it until I was 13 and was a black belt. I loved it at the time until rugby got a bit too serious.”

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