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David Flatman weighs in on Jack Willis vs Sam Underhill debate as Sir Clive Woodward suggests Eddie Jones ought to DROP Tub flanker for England’s conflict with Georgia


Nov 10, 2020
David Flatman weighs in on Jack Willis vs Sam Underhill debate as Sir Clive Woodward suggests Eddie Jones should DROP Bath flanker for England’s clash with Georgia

David Flatman believes Eddie Jones has an actual choice headache on his fingers for England’s first ever Autumn Nations Cup conflict.

This Saturday, the 2020 Six Nations winners tackle Georgia on the opening weekend of the model new event, which options an thrilling group stage characteristic.

The Autumn Nations Cup would be the first full aggressive worldwide rugby union event after a six-month break. The event will characteristic the Six Nations – England, Scotland, Wales, Eire, France and Italy – alongside two visitor groups, Georgia and Fiji.

Sam Underhill might be in peril of shedding his England beginning spot
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Jones’ males bounced again from their heartache in opposition to South Africa within the World Cup and a Six Nations defeat to France in scintillating type by recording 4 wins from 4 and wrapped up the trophy in opposition to Italy with a bonus level win.

Following the victory in Rome, Sir Clive Woodward steered in his Each day Mail column England couldn’t afford to have ‘two tearaway sevens’ of their workforce and steered dropping Sam Underhill.

The Tub flanker established himself alongside fellow ‘Kamikaze Child’ Tom Curry in England’s again row throughout their unimaginable run in Japan a bit over 12 months in the past.

However Wasps blindside Jack Willis has shot to prominence this season, main his facet to the Premiership ultimate and incomes calls to be British and Irish Lions captain at some point by Andy Goode in addition to Austin Healey naming him his Premiership participant of the season.

Jack Willis is an absolute powerhouse for Wasps
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A strong ball-carrier who excels on the breakdown, the 24-year-old is tipped to begin at 6 by Woodward, who suggests shifting the dominant Curry to 7 in entrance of Billy Vunipola.

Nonetheless, Flatman urged Jones to tailor his gameplan for the go to of the Georgians, hoping to see extra ball in hand somewhat than taking the aerial route as they did a fortnight in the past.

He informed talkSPORT.com: “I feel England do kick the ball loads, however they kick the ball particularly usually in that first half in opposition to Italy.

“That was clearly a tactic only for that recreation, and it could come once more, however I’d be shocked if England kicked the ball fairly a lot in opposition to Georgia.

Eddie Jones has received the Six Nations 3 times with England
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“I’d be a bit dissatisfied, as a fan, as a result of it’s not that enjoyable to observe. However, if you consider kicking the ball to the opposition and the way in which the breakdown legal guidelines have been tweaked, it’s good to be a very good jackler.

“So, if in case you have the opposition operating the ball again to you that many occasions over the course of the sport of rugby, it’s fairly helpful to have Jack Willis on the sector.

“What we have now seen, this season a minimum of, is that Sam Underhill is a high operator and prime quality. Tom Curry, I feel, could be very near being a world XV participant; he may be an important participant within the England workforce, up there with Maro [Itoje]. They’d most likely be the primary two gamers I picked for that England workforce.

“However, nobody is nearly as good at nicking the ball off the opposition as Jack Willis. So how a lot can we need to nick it again?


The Autumn Nations Cup would be the first full aggressive worldwide rugby union event after a six-month break

Spherical 1

14 November

Italy v Scotland (12.45pm KO)

England v Georgia (3pm KO)

15 November

France v Fiji (3pm KO)


Spherical 2

21 November

Italy v Fiji (12.45pm KO)

England v Eire (3pm KO)

Wales v Georgia (5.15pm KO)


22 November

Scotland v France (3.15pm KO)


Spherical 3

28 November

Scotland v Fiji (1.45pm KO)

Wales v England (4pm KO)

France v Italy (8.10pm KO)


Finals Weekend

5 December

Georgia v TBD (12pm KO)

Eire v TBD (2.15pm KO)

Wales v TBD (4.45pm KO)

6 December

England v TBD (2pm KO)

The mix of ‘Kamikaze Youngsters’ Curry and Underhill was on full show in opposition to the All Blacks final yr
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“Underhill smacks individuals like no else smacks individuals, so nobody collides with individuals within the English recreation like Underhill – together with Manu [Tuilagi] when he’s match. He wipes individuals out, he deletes attacking momentum from opposition line ups and he’s an absolute man stopper.

“So what would you like extra? Would you like massive males getting leathered or would you like the ball getting nicked again? That’s your alternative actually and it relies upon who you’re enjoying in opposition to.”

The conclusion of the Premiership season has afforded many a much-needed break after a busy schedule of home rugby, however worldwide rugby has returned in an enormous manner.

After the disruption attributable to the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the globe, the announcement of a possible vaccine has offered a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel for followers to at some point return to stadiums.

However, for now, the England prop eulogised concerning the significance of sport for all throughout these troublesome occasions.

He stated: “What it does is, perhaps with the arrival of social media and the arrival of Donald Trump, it accelerates the polarisation of public opinion like nothing else.

“It’s virtually not allowed to satisfy within the center on something, there needs to be an excessive place to tackle every little thing.

“That’s the factor I really like about sport; it’s issues from totally different worlds, totally different backgrounds, with totally different viewpoints on various things, coming collectively to scream on the identical bunch of individuals for an hour-and-a-half.

Sporting venues with out followers is now an all-too frequent sight

“They really feel utterly laborious performed by if something goes in opposition to them, even when it’s the proper determination, however in a sporting and comedic manner.

“This can be a state of affairs the place you’re truly allowed to say a call was fraudulent! Since you don’t actually imply it and you understand it isn’t dishonest, you understand it’s truthful and it’s sport and human error.

“It’s the antithesis to the present polarising strategy of unhealthy individuals like Donald Trump; worldwide sport is the antidote.”

Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Union is coming to Amazon Prime Video, completely broadcasting 13 out of 16 matches from 14 November together with the event finals