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London Irish reveal Eddie Jones interest in English, Welsh and Scottish-qualified star

Eddie Jones

London Irish boss Declan Kidney has revealed that England head coach Eddie Jones has been in touch over young star Henry Arundell.

Arundell, who is just 19 years old, announced his arrival in professional rugby earlier in the month when he picked up the man of the match award in London Irish’s 42-all draw with Wasps, despite only playing in the last 20 minutes of the match.

The London Irish full back caught plenty of attention again at the weekend, as he scored a sensational individual try from almost 100 metres out against Toulon in a Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Kidney was speaking to RugbyPass about the youngster and revealed that Jones had been in touch about him and some of the other talent that London Irish have in their ranks.

Declan Kidney on Eddie Jones’ visit to London Irish.

“Eddie was over with the club last week and we went through a number of the players that we had,” Kidney said.

“That is the comment that I am making, the fact that we had the English coach coming to London Irish to discuss a number of our players is a good thing for the club.

“Henry [Arundell] was one of them and we gave him our insights to that but Eddie is a strong enough person to make up his own mind as to what is the best for Henry’s development.”

The youngster could play for England, Wales or Scotland.

Although Arundell played for England’s U20s in this year’s Six Nations, the 19-year-old is qualified to play for England, Wales and Scotland at a senior level.

His eligibility for Wales and Scotland could cause Jones to act quickly, as although Arundell may not be ready for senior international rugby yet, England might want to lock him down for the future.

England U20s internationals have gone on to play for other countries before, with Ross Moriarty having gone on to play for Wales, while Cameron Redpath chose Scotland at senior level.

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