Mon 14 May 2018 | 08:07

Jones calls in England reinforcements

Jones calls in England reinforcements
Mon 14 May 2018 | 08:07
Jones calls in England reinforcements
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An RFU statement this afternoon read: “Ben Loader (London Irish) picked up an ankle injury over the weekend and will remain with the England U20 squad for further treatment.

“Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks) will report to camp today for treatment on a knee injury and is not expected to train this week.”

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England has only won 23 percent of their matches against the Springboks in South Africa with the last win coming in Bloemfontein back in 2000.

Eddie Jones said: “Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016. We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before.

“There are a number of players out injured or not selected so it provides a big opportunity for others.

“With three weeks to prepare for the first Test in Johannesburg I am expecting players to come into camp with the right mindset and we will be looking for them to break the mould in terms of being more assertive and on the front foot in everything we do.

“We will need to be physically aggressive and tactically smart against the Springboks who we know will be combative and reinvigorated by their new coaching setup.”

Jones has also confirmed a 31-man squad which will train in Brighton next week ahead of the tour and England's Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians on Sunday 27 May at Twickenham Stadium.

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