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Eddie Jones’s decision to name his World Cup squad almost four weeks before the official deadline is one typical of the England head coach.
On one hand it’s unnecessary because he’ll almost certainly have to make changes to the 31 names he announces on Monday due to injuries sustained in the warm-up matches and training sessions.
But on the other, it is fitting of his management style. I think he had a pretty good idea of his World Cup squad at the Six Nations in March.
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Jones is trying to provide continuity and show he’s decisive by letting the players know where they stand six weeks before their opening World Cup game in Japan against Tonga. There’s no conjecture. It’s black and white.
Once the squad is finalised England can fire on all cylinders towards their goal of winning the game’s biggest prize for the first time since 2003.
First of all, however, there’s the small matter of Sunday’s match against Wales at Twickenham, which is a cracking way to kick off an exciting period.
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With 33 players in the current group, which has been away in Italy at a training camp for 12 days, and only 31 allowed in the World Cup squad there are some who will obviously mi
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