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Sam Underhill To Start As Eddie Jones Names England Team To Face Argentina

TEDDINGTON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Sam Underhill of England speaks to the media during an England Media Access at The Lensbury on May 30, 2017 in Teddington, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones has named his England starting XV to face Argentina this weekend – and flanker Sam Underhill is line to start his first game for the Red Rose.

The 20-year-old is one of three changes from last week’s exciting 38-34 win against the Pumas.

Former captain Chris Robshaw returns to the side having recovered from injury, while Piers Francis also starts. Last week’s debutant Tom Cutty, Alex Lozowski and Mark Wilson are the players to make way for the incoming trio.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JUNE 14:  Eddie Jones, Head Coach of England gestures during a training session at San Isidro Club on June 14, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images,)

Jones heaped praise on Underhill ahead of his debut. The coach has been counting down the days where he could include the youngster in the England squad, and his recent move from Ospreys to Bath has allowed him to do just that.

“It will be exciting to see Sam Underhill make his debut,’ he said. ‘He is very strong. He is well put together. He has obviously from a very early age decided he wanted to be a seven and he has got the body.

‘He is a good defensive player and reads the game well. Attack-wise the Ospreys use him as a ball runner but I have seen him play a more natural number seven role which we want to see him in where he is not only a good cleaner-out but also a good linkage player.’ 

With so many regulars away on Lions duty, this will be another chance for the new call-ups on this tour to impress Jones and stake a claim for a spot on the November internationals.


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