Eddie Jones: I could pick NINE forwards against Georgia next week

Eddie Jones could pick NINE forwards for England against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup next week… with new roles lined up for the likes of Ollie Thorley and Ben Earl

  • Eddie Jones’ England take on Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup next week 
  • Jones has described next week’s opposition as ‘physical and ‘all about manhood’ 
  • The England coach could create new roles for Ben Earl and Ollie Thorley 

England coach Eddie Jones could pick nine forwards for next week’s ‘manhood’ test against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup.

During his time as Japan coach, Jones named No 8 Hendrik Tui on the wing to help combat Georgia’s muscle. 

On Saturday, the mischievous coach suggested he could repeat the strategy at Twickenham — suggesting flanker Ben Earl could make the switch.

Eddie Jones has claimed he could pick nine forwards for England against Georgia next week

Jones hinted there could be a new role for flanker Ben Earl (above) in the Autumn Nations Cup

‘Georgia are the fathers of wrestling,’ said Jones. ‘They are all about manhood and being physical. 

‘I remember the last time we played them for Japan before the 2015 World Cup, we played them with nine forwards and six backs, such was the strength of their pack.

‘We won 13-10. The previous time we played them we were pumped 25-12, so it worked brilliantly. 

‘We might consider doing the same again. Ollie Thorley, Ben Earl — there are a number of guys we are trying to make into hybrid players.

Olllie Thorley (left) is another player Jones has described as a ‘hybrid player’ for England

‘When Barcelona beat Man United in the Champions League in 2009, they played the false nine. 

‘There’s no reason why we can’t do that and play a false 10 or a false winger.’

England will go into the opening fixture without full-back Anthony Watson, who is suffering from an ankle injury. Fly-half George Ford is also doubtful.

Australia bounced back from last weekend’s record 43-5 defeat by New Zealand to beat the All Blacks 24-22 in a thrilling match that saw red cards for both teams.

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