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Eddie Jones Is Considering Calling Up Marland Yarde As Jonny May’s Replacement

Eddie Jones’ back three injury problems are beginning to mount with the likes of Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Jack Nowell all looking set to be unavailable for the Test against Argentina on November 11 at Twickenham. 

Jones has already brought in Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni as cover due to Daly’s withdrawal but he may also bring in another player due to May’s likely unavailability and that could be Marland Yarde. 

Jones has admitted that he is considering bringing in the former Harlequins player but that he muss assess his state of mind before making a final decision, according to The Telegraph

“He [Yarde] is in contention, but we have to assess whether emotionally he’ll be right to compete for an England spot,” Jones said.

“He’s left the club that he loved to join another club, is he in the right condition to compete for a spot? It’s like having a relationship break up, sometimes it takes time for people to get over it and I’m not sure where he’s at.

Jones then goes on to cite that the reason he wasn’t picked in the England squad originally was due to his inferior try scoring record to Denny Solomona i.e. it was nothing to do with his behaviour at Quins. 

“We didn’t not select him because of behaviour, it was because Denny (Solomons) scored more tries than him. He came to Argentina with us and was absolutely first class. He came to the Oxford camp and was first class. That’s an issue with his club and is not something that we’ve delved into to a great extent.

It’s not an ideal situation for Jones to have so many of his frontline players ruled out through injury but it does offer the opportunity to cast his eye over those on the fringes of the squad to see if they are up to the required standard. 

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