England youngsters have a chance to shine against Barbarians

• England without their World Cup training squad members
• Barbarians look formidable with 478 caps between them

The Rugby Football Union’s succession plan for the next England head coach is so shrouded in mystery one wonders if it exists at all and Sunday’s match against the Barbarians only muddies the waters.

Jim Mallinder is in charge. He picked the England squad and has overseen coaching all week while Eddie Jones has been in the background, casting an eye over a squad full of fringe players, many of whom would hope to develop into full internationals in the coming years.

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