Every time Eddie Jones names his England team it is a cue for fans to pick it apart on social media. 


In many people’s defence, the coach continues to push the envelope with his selections, attempting to remould players in different positions and adopting intriguing combinations. 

In that respect, he has provided a lot of fodder for fans when it comes to voicing their opinions. 

Despite the reaction at times, Jones is always confident in his choices and feels he does not need to answer to any censure, particularly in light of the success he has had with England and indeed throughout his career as a whole. 

The Australian has always unapologetically taken aim at those that have called him out on his selection choices, particularly in this Guinness Six Nations. But he may have received the backing of Joe Marler on Thursday in a typically cryptic tweet.

Now, this can have a multitude of explanations and could well be regarding the decision to postpone England’s match with Italy in Rome next weekend due to the coronavirus threat. But it would not be surprising if Marler was sarcastically taking a dig at the trail of outrage that seems to follow every England squad announcement. 


The Harlequins prop would not be the first one to go after England’s critics, as his fellow loosehead Ellis Genge made headlines for his post-match interview after the Calcutta Cup Test. Marler also shared a similar post after the England training squad was announced ahead of the Ireland game last month. 

Of course, given everything from the coronavirus to the potential movement of the Six Nations from free-to-air TV, to the Rugby Football Union’s decision to slash Championship funding, and many more stories, there isn’t a scarcity of things that some players could deem an “utter shambles” at the moment in the game. 

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