Perhaps this is what it takes to become a world renowned head coach – but dropping a player after a man of the match display is a very dangerous move from England head coach Eddie Jones.
Tonight Jones released his 24 man training squad as England gear up to play Argentina at Twickenham this weekend. There is one notable absentee – Semesa Rokoduguni. Whilst some would argue that the Bath winger was only in the side this weekend so that Jones could rest his big guns, its is very hard to find any excuse not to pick him for this weekend’s game given his performance.
The Fijian born winger crossed twice in England’s decisive victory on Saturday. Regardless of the calibre of opposition, to score two try’s in an international fixture and win the man of the match award takes some doing.
Rokoduguni caught the eye early in the match with powerful ball carrying, very skilful finishing and confidence under the high ball.
With no apparent injury one has to question Jones’ logic for leaving the Winger out. His defensive frailties may have been exposed on occasions during the match, but that could be said for the entire squad.
Jones sets high standards, and there is no debating how influential he has been since taking over this England side, but this has to be seen as a negative move from the Australian.
This surely has to have Rokoduguni, and other fringe players, wandering just what they have to do to make it into the main England squad. If an England man of the match display isn’t good enough, what is?
The player looking set to replace Rokoduguni is Jonny May. Looking at the current form of both players, the exclusion of the Bath man is baffling.
In other England team news; Joe Launchbury has been given a two game suspension for kicking a player at the breakdown on Saturday. However George Kruis is fit again and will be looking for his first England start of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.
Tom Wood has also been recalled and will be battling it out for the 7 shirt with Teimana Harrison and Nathan Hughes.
Mike Brown has been recalled in place off the Alex Goode, who had a shaky game on Saturday. Elliot Daly is inline for his 3rd start of the series having been very impressive in both games so far. He has also showed his diversity as he has impressed at both winger and centre.
The big hitting Ben Te’o will keep his place on the bench along with Exeter Chiefs player Henry Slade.
England go into Saturdays fixture with Argentina looking for their 12th successive win this year and continue Jones’ run of twelve matches unbeaten as England head coach.
Argentina meanwhile will be looking to spoil the party. If the pumas come away with a victory they will break into the top 8 of the world rankings. They will be desperate for a win so that they can avoid being in a ‘group of death’ at the world cup in 2019.
The game kicks off at 14:30 on Saturday, coverage will be live from Twickenham on Sky Sports 2 from 14:00.