England’s 50-cap flanker Tom Wood is unlikely to make his country’s tour to Argentina after being sent off for stamping in Northampton Saints’ Champions Cup play-off game against Stade Francais, according to coach Eddie Jones.
The Australian feels Wood will not make the tour following his act of indiscipline during Friday night’s close-fought match (via ESPN):
“He had an error of judgement. He did something silly, and now he pays the price. It is highly unlikely he will go on tour because he will be in strife.
“Whenever you make contact with someone’s head, you will be in trouble. Everyone knows the laws. He is a very disciplined, committed player, and it is out of character for him, but these things happen.”
If Wood is subsequently banned then it will mean Jones will have to choose from the uncapped trio of the Curry brothers and Bath’s new signing Sam Underhill, with the 18-year-old Tom Curry thoroughly impressing as a replacement during England’s 28-14 win over the Barbarians on Sunday.
Jones’ options at flanker were recently reduced with incumbent James Haskell joining the Lions tour as an injury call-up. Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford has also previously been ruled out.
Former Ospreys openside Underhill picked up a shoulder injury during the game and may now be in doubt for the tour, meaning one of the two Curry brothers could make their full international debuts for England against the Pumas on June 10.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena