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Yarde in contention for England autumn series place

Will Yarde make the autumn series squad? Credit: PA

Eddie Jones refuses to rule out an England recall for Marland Yarde but suspects the indisciplined Sale wing is not emotionally ready to be involved in the looming autumn series.

Yarde was last week told to find another club by Harlequins after three missed training sessions proved to be the final straw for director of rugby John Kingston, who acted knowing the dressing room had also lost faith in him, and he subsequently joined the Sharks.

England are facing an injury crisis on the wing with Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Jack Nowell in the treatment room for the autumn opener against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday week.

Yarde would be in contention to supplement Anthony Watson, Denny Solomona and Semesa Rokoduguni at the squad's training camp in Portugal, but Jones doubts he is in the right frame of mind to be involved.

"Marland 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.

"I've spoken to him a number of times. I always knew what was going on in confidence."


Eddie Jones uses Leicester as an example for England

England have discussed Leicester City's decline this season as they aim to prevent any drop in standards in the wake of a perfect year.

Eddie Jones will not tolerate complacency from his England players. Credit: PA

Eddie Jones' men open their Six Nations title defence against France on February 4 seeking a 15th successive victory, having pieced together an unblemished run of 13 wins under their Australian head coach.

To highlight the pitfalls awaiting his Grand Slam winners, Jones has used Leicester's slump from Premier League champions to a team struggling in the bottom half of the table as a warning.

"If you look back at 2016, the two most winning teams in England in terms of complex team sports were Leicester City and England," Jones said.

"We went through the example of what's happened to Leicester and do we want that to happen to us and so what are the things that we need to ensure that it doesn't happen. The players were actively involved in it.

"We've come up with some strategies that we believe will help us overcome any complacency and any tendency to be comfortable and keep pushing forward."

Jones: England will record 'best win' over Australia

Eddie Jones has started the mind games already. Credit: PA

Eddie Jones predicts the best win of his unblemished England tenure will de delivered against Australia as he began landing early verbal blows ahead of Saturday's showdown at Twickenham.

As the dust was still settling on a stirring 27-14 victory over Argentina in which Elliot Daly was sent off in the fifth minute, Jones immediately turned his attention to staging a fourth successive victory over the Wallabies.

England's head coach highlighted their frailty at the scrum and is to request a meeting with referee Jaco Peyper to ensure it is officiated properly, and also resumed hostilities with the Australian media, who he conclusively outmanoeuvred during the 3-0 series whitewash in June.

Jones said:

We are looking forward to the game next weekend. The best win is to come - Australia will be the best win. All we want to do is beat Australia next week, that's all we want to do. And then beat them next year and the year after that.

It's going to be a bit of fun because the Australian media last June was very disrespectful to us. I'm sure they are going to be at it again, so we've got to be prepared for that. I'm also very keen to have a chat to the referee about the Australian scrummaging. They have got some issues with the way that they scrum so we need to have a meeting with the referee.

We will invite the Australian coaching staff to come along and will submit an agenda and make sure that everything is above board. They were penalised four times in a row against France so they have got some technical issues. I am not going to sort them out for them.

– England head coach Eddie Jones
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