Brodie Retallick Eddie Jones set to pair George Ford and Owen Farrell as England go for creativity over power

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Brodie Retallick George Ford’s finesse swings it for Eddie Jones as he goes for creativity over power to counter the All Blacks

  • George Ford is set to return after dropping to the bench against Australia
  • Ford will partner Owen Farrell as England go for brains over brawn in midfield
  • Eddie Jones was expected to stick with the side who beat Australia 

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail


England will go into their World Cup semi-final with friends reunited in the back line. George Ford and Owen Farrell are set to resume their creative alliance in a bid to out-manoeuvre the All Blacks.

Eddie Jones is due to name his line-up on Thursday morning and appeared poised to revert to the Ford-Farrell 10-12 axis for the country’s biggest match in a generation. England haven’t reached this stage of a Word Cup since 2007 and Jones has evidently decided that enhancing the playmaker department makes sense for this momentous fixture.

This is a horses-for-courses call. He removed Ford last Saturday with a view to stopping powerful Australia centre Samu Kerevi from running amok. Manu Tuilagi shifted infield one place to provide a bulwark. But New Zealand’s midfield pair, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue, are not as physically imposing, so England are able to consider creative needs over destructive ones.

George Ford looks set to partner Owen Farrell when England face New Zealand on Sunday

England boss Eddie Jones hopes creativity of Ford and Farrell will cause All Blacks problems

Ford’s tactical kicking against Australia was key and could be a weapon against the All Blacks

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