Owen Farrell ‘We’ll see where wine spills’ – Jones to name World Cup squad on Monday

Owen Farrell ‘We’ll see where wine spills’ – Jones to name World Cup squad on Monday

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England coach Eddie Jones joked that he would use “red wine” and “advice from his dog” to help decide the World Cup squad he will announce on Monday.

Jones will name his 31-man group for Japan 2019 almost four weeks before World Rugby’s 8 September deadline.

After England’s 33-19 warm-up win over Wales, the 59-year-old said his announcement would “take a lot of the noise away about selection”.

“The coaches will get together and see where the red wine spills,” he added.

“That is the science of it.

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“My job is to pick the best 31 for England and I am quite capable of doing that. I have got great assistant coaches and my dog gives me some advice so I think we are in a pretty good place.”

Once the squad has been named, there is still a risk of players getting injured, with England playing three more Tests before the World Cup.

They face Wales in Cardiff on 17 August, before matches against Ireland and Italy.

Sam Underhill and Henry Slade watched the match wearing protective strapping after toe and knee injuries respectively

Flanker Sam Underhill, wing Ruaridh McConnochie and centre Henry Slade were all late withdrawals from Sunday’s starting XV and back row Tom Curry left the pitch in the first half holding his right arm.

But Jones said Curry’s issue was not “too serious” and played down any concern over injuries before Japan

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