Mako Vunipola George Ford has given Eddie Jones a dilemma with his excellent World Cup warm-up

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I wasn’t convinced to start with but it seems Eddie Jones has been pretty crafty by selecting his 31-man squad as early as he did. 

It has given those going to the World Cup an extra four weeks to prepare for the tournament, rather than wasting emotional energy on fighting to make it.

There are some risks to this strategy because it can leave players feeling relieved to be going, rather than revved up as they should be. 

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And despite them having a good, well balanced and settled squad, there were signs of the players being too relaxed in England’s slow and sluggish performance against Italy last weekend. Although they ran out 37-0 winners it was a pretty ordinary display. 

George Ford came on in the second half and changed England’s attack. He’s played extremely well during these warm-up matches and given Jones a selection conundrum ahead of their opening game against Tonga next weekend.

Owen Farrell started the match at fly-half and the back line looked uninspiring throughout the first half. He has to start at the World Cup because of his quality and

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