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Farrell and Itoje unimpressed with England omission

Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell in action for Saracens

Eddie Jones revealed Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje “hated” being rested for England’s clash with Argentina on Saturday but said they must accept “I run the team”.

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British and Irish Lions duo Farrell and Itoje will play no part in the Six Nations champions’ first autumn international due to their “exceptional workloads” this season.

England head coach Jones said the Saracens men were not impressed with being given a weekend off, but is adamant it is in their best interests.

“They hate it, which is a great reaction. They hate it because they want to play every Test,” said the canny Australian.

“They are proud of playing for England and they want to be part of a winning team. We have got to convince them that it is in their best interests for this period of time.

“They’ve had exceptional workloads. They’ve played all three [Lions] Tests, played consistently for their clubs, played consistently for us and we feel it’s in their best interests to do some conditioning work.

“They have got to understand I run the team. I make the decisions. It comes down to my gut feeling for what they need.

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“It’s a bit like being a horse trainer. You get all this information but you’ve got to look at the person and see what they are ready to do.”

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William 3 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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