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England young guns Dombrandt and Smith shine in defeat of Barbarians

• England XV 51-43 Barbarians
• Eddie Jones sees Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt impress

With a minute or two left of this hugely promising victory for the most callow of England sides Eddie Jones made his exit – no doubt with plenty to ponder. No one in this squad was expected to come into World Cup contention but he may well reconsider after this performance.

England took the field with five caps against a star-studded Barbarians side who had 478 and, although they were outscored six tries to seven, 26 points from the fly-half Marcus Smith steered them home. Smith turned down a trip to Argentina for the Junior World Cup for this fixture and it is a decision vindicated on this evidence. His Harlequins teammates Alex Dombrandt, who scored two tries, and Joe Marchant can also consider their chances of featuring in Jones’s wider plans in the coming months enhanced.

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