Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tom Curry: England flanker out of New Zealand Test with ankle injury

Tom Curry: England flanker out of New Zealand Test with ankle injury

The win will come as welcome relief to Jones as he has been under pressure since a poor Six Nations showing and their 2-1 series loss to the same opposition during the June summer tour.

England will be relieved to have available a player described by Eddie Jones as the team's "spiritual leader", but the incident has polarised opinion as the sport continues to tie itself in knots over its crackdown on risky tackles. "We've got some new guys in the squad, some different characters and it's a nice blend of players".

However, South Africa, who were without Sale Sharks' Faf de Klerk and Wasps' Willie le Roux, were on the front foot on the off and lead through Pollard's penalty. There's a bit to be learned there. When they win the whole country's buoyant, when they lose GDP falls and unemployment goes up. Because you want to sack me? If I stay long enough, you're going to get me sacked, so you'll be happy.

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"There's no magic formula - it's not like Pythagoras' theorem".

"It was one of those Test matches that was a bounce of ball, most Test matches are like that when you're playing the top teams and you've got to ride your luck".

The tackle polarised opinion with England coach Eddie Jones describing it as a "good solid tackle" and former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll saying the TMO got the decision "spot on", while former Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald, who was forced to retire at 28 with a neck injury, said that under the new interpretation of the tackle law it should have been a "minimum of a penalty.shocking adjudicating".

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"I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most incredible last five months", he said. He's a young player up and coming.

Jones, however, was in chippy mood when asked if Saturday's success had been the most important win of his near three-years in charge of England.

"They're athletic, fast and skilful".

With New Zealand coming what has been the main message to the players?

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Having been withdrawn late in the week, Jones was also able to give an update on Manu Tuilagi and the state of Courtney Lawes, adding, "Manu and Courtney are both progressing well, we're hopeful that they'll be full training on Tuesday".

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