Eddie Jones Prefers ‘Gas, Guts and Power’ in ‘Frightening Combination’ for Australian Tour

“With Manu, we have to go in with the perspective that maybe he’s there and maybe he’s not. If he’s not there, we have to find another way to win collisions.”

As for Arundell, he will be evaluated as part of a group that includes Anthony Watson, as well as Freddie Steward, Louis Lynagh, Freeman and Cokanasiga. Saluting the teen’s attack intent, comparing it to Matt Giteau’s, Jones called sheer speed “extremely” important.

“Petrol, power and guts are the three main prerequisites for good rugby players,” he said. “The [Arundell] it has gas, we don’t know if it has guts, it seems like it has enough power.”

Several established players like Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Henry Slade and Elliot Daly have been omitted from the squad that meets on Sunday. Joe Marchant, who enjoyed a strong Six Nations, is another missing midfielder.

Jones has emphasized that these individuals remain in contention over the tour. That said, the presence of Smith, Farrell and Tuilagi feels relevant. As a trio, they have only started together in one Test match, against Australia last November. It would appear that they are being groomed for an integral role in Australia.

“That’s definitely important,” Jones said of his inclusion. “We haven’t selected the team yet, but they could be helpful.”

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