England head coach Eddie Jones is particularly impressed by Henry Arundell’s confidence in reacting to mistakes.
Young London Irish star Arundell has been called up to an England training squad for the first time, having impressed for his club in recent weeks.
Arundell is just 19 years old, but he has already shown that he is well able for professional rugby, as he scooped a the man of the match award against Wasps despite playing just 20 minutes of the match, while he scored a sensational solo try against Toulon.
Jones was speaking on the BBC Rugby Union Weekly podcast and revealed that Arundell’s reaction to an unforced error is what impressed him most about the youngster.
Eddie Jones on Henry Arundell.
“What really impressed me about him, and we’ve been really hearing about him a lot from the pathway over the last eight months so we’ve been keeping a close eye on him and watching him at the U20s,” Jones started.
“I went down and watched London Irish play Wasps; the ball’s kicked to him, easy kick to catch, knocks it on. So for a young player, he could have gone back in to his shell.
“But the next ball he gets; takes the defence on, chip kicks, regathers, scores. I was really impressed by the way he attacked the game, had the courage to play what he thought was correct, so that was really positive.”
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A three-match test series against the Wallabies awaits.
Arundell isn’t guaranteed to tour Australia with England this July, as he has only been included in a training squad so far, although he does certainly have a chance of travelling Down Under.
Jones left several senior players out of his training squad, in order to give them a rest as the club season nears its end, while he has included 10 uncapped players in total in the 36-man group.
England will be hoping for a successful tour after a disappointing Six Nations campaign, although Jones has stressed that preparing his players for next year’s Rugby World Cup remains his priority.