“He’s lightning quick” – Eddie Jones backs three youngsters to shine during Autumn Nations Series

Head coach Eddie Jones says he is planning to refresh his England squad as attention turns towards the 2023 World Cup in France.

England finished in a disappointing 5th place in the Six Nations, winning two of their five games against Italy and France.

And even though the World Cup is still more than two years away, Jones says his focus has already turned towards it.

Below are three players the Aussie has tipped to play a key role for England heading into Autumn Nations Series.



  • Age: 22
  • Club: Harlequins
  • Position: Fly-half

Jones said: “He’s got all the attributes to be a very good 10 at Test level, but now it’s about whether he can develop his game, keep working hard and keep his feet on the ground.

Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps) speaks to Eddie Jones, Head Coach of England Rugby during England Rugby training session at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 28 Sept 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

“He’s got a very good attitude and great desire to keep working. If he doesn’t believe everything that’s written about him he’ll be alright.

“He’s coachable. He’s got good fundamental skills – he can catch square, pass accurately, he’s got a reasonable kicking game and his goal-kicking is first class.”

DID YOU KNOW? He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of thirteen from Asia and subsequently received a sports scholarship to attend Brighton College