Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup 2019: England’s leading lights return as Eddie Jones joins in game of poker

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Owen Farrell England’s leading lights return as head coach Eddie Jones joins in game of poker after naming World Cup squad

  • England continue to hold back some of their aces ahead of World Cup in Japan
  • Eddie Jones named a side featuring three starting changes for clash with Wales
  • Jones has been careful and has left out several of England’s leading lights
  • Most of the leading nations are doing the same by rotating their key players 

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail

Published:22:30 BST, 15 August 2019|Updated:22:44 BST, 15 August 2019

England continue to hold back some of their World Cup aces, but they’re not the only ones, amid a global game of ‘poker’ ahead of the tournament in Japan.

Eddie Jones on Thursday named a side featuring three starting changes for the return warm-up fixture against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, following last Sunday’s 33-19 Red Rose victory at Twickenham.

Regular captain Owen Farrell is among the replacements and other leading lights are being kept out of the firing line as Jones carefully manages his resources.

Eddie Jones named a side featuring three starting changes for England’s clash with Wales

Most of the leading nations are doing the same; rotating their players and trying not to give away too much about their tactical plans. 

‘It seems that teams are holding something back,’ said England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, when asked to assess Australia’s demolition of the All Blacks last weekend. 

‘It’s like a poker game at the moment. Everyone’s playing a few cards and some nice hands every now and then, but I don’t think everyone is showing their full hand.’

Steve Borthwick, England’s forwards coach, emphasised the desire to peak at the right time, adding: ‘While you want to play well and win, we are working toward

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