Why Eddie Jones is likely to stick with George Ford over Owen Farrell | Paul Rees

England coach wants a side that flourishes at the spontaneous – not just the structured – and is set to keep faith with the Bath player. Only Henry Slade impressing in double-quick time will oust Ford in Australia

George Ford left Twickenham to the sound of boos on Sunday at what marked the end of a difficult domestic season for the Bath fly-half. Despite his struggles on the field, which started when he was left out of the World Cup match against Wales last September in a tactical volte-face by the then England management, he has retained the steadfast support of Eddie Jones.

The England head coach rounded on the spectators who jeered Ford off the field towards the end of the victory over Wales and then reporters at the after-match media conference for kicking it off with questions about the No10 who missed six of his seven kicks at goal and was at times indecisive in possession.

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