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Eddie Jones eyes new blood for England while his future remains unclear

  • Coach identifies Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds for debuts
  • ‘There are good young guys, particularly in the 9s and 10s’

Eddie Jones has identified Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds among a number of potential England debutants this summer, with the head coach set to cast his eye over a dozen prospects in the coming weeks as the Rugby Football Union mulls over his future.

Jones said after the dismal defeat by Ireland on Saturday that he would be making changes to his England squad – if he stays in the role – and his hand would be somewhat forced for matches against USA and Canada this summer, assuming they go ahead, with a number of his senior players set to be away with the British & Irish Lions.

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