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England drop Kruis for Wallabies clash

George Kruis rises at a lineout against Argentina

George Kruis has been dropped from the England squad to face Australia on Saturday but Joe Marler is recalled for the Test at Twickenham.

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Kruis started the uninspiring victory over Argentina last weekend, yet the British and Irish Lions lock was not among the 25 men retained by Eddie Jones to take on the Wallabies.

Second row Kruis returns to Saracens along with Alex Lozowski, who impressed after coming off the bench against the Pumas, and Nick Isiekwe.

Ellis Genge, Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona have also been released from the squad.

Marler was suspended for the victory over Argentina and comes back into contention to take on Michael Cheika’s in-form side.

Ben Te’o will remain with the squad until Wednesday as the centre continues his recovery from an ankle injury, while Mike Brown is included in the squad despite landing on his head in a nasty fall against the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists last weekend.

 

England squad:

Forwards: Dan Cole, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams.

 

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Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Semesa Rokoduguni, Henry Slade, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.

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Shaylen 7 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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