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Johnson insists he'd be 'comfortable' on wing for Lions

Jonathan Joseph with England Credit: PA

Jonathan Joseph has insisted he would be "comfortable" on the wing in the British and Irish Lions' Test series.

The England centre was close to forcing his way onto the bench for Saturday's 30-15 first Test defeat to New Zealand in Auckland.

The Bath flyer missed out with Leigh Halfpenny preferred, but now has another chance to impress in Tuesday's Hurricanes clash in Wellington.

Joseph will be among a clutch of stars bidding to play their way into the squad for Saturday's second Test, and he admitted he would happily cover wing to win the right to face the All Blacks.

I'd feel confident playing there, I've played there before.

Being a rugby player, you're used to slotting into different positions. And yeah, I feel confident there.

The type of player I am I feel it's not too tough for me to shift onto the wing, like Elliot Daly.

I feel like we're quite similar players.

So potentially I could slot onto the wing if needed.

But everyone of course wants to get into that Saturday team, and to do so in their preferred position.

[I've] not massively [trained for the position]. Maybe I'll slot myself in there tomorrow, just in case!

– Jonathan Joseph

U-20 boss Simpson: English coaches proving their worth

Paul Simpson guided England U-20s to World Cup victory Credit: PA

World Cup winner Paul Simpson insists English coaches are proving they are good enough to take the top jobs.

The former Carlisle boss guided the England Under-20s to World Cup glory in South Korea earlier this month.

Now Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd is one game away from the Euro 2017 final, with the Young Lions featuring in Tuesday's semi-finals against Germany in Tychy.

Boothroyd joined the Football Association just months after being sacked by Northampton in 2013, with the Cobblers bottom of the Football League.

He had been criticised for employing a direct style during his club management career, but Simpson believes Boothroyd and others - including Under-17 boss Steve Cooper - are showing they can cut it.

A coach can coach whichever way they want to or are asked to, and Aidy has shown that with the FA, as have all the national coaches. We've got a really good group of national coaches, all from different backgrounds.

We talk about English players not getting opportunities at the highest level, you can say the same about English coaches. But there is no point moaning about it.

We've got to show we are good enough to get top jobs, and if we do that the big job offers will come. And hopefully the trend of looking to appoint managers from overseas all the time will buck.

Don't get me wrong, there are some top foreign coaches and managers around, but I think we've got some good English ones as well.

I wouldn't have been invited to Poland to co-commentate on the Under-21s had we not won in South Korea, that's for sure.

There have been so many summers when we've had disappointments with the development teams and the seniors so this is a lovely change and long may it continue.

– Paul Simpson
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