Jones: England won’t hand Arundell cap to ‘capture’ him – he’ll have to earn it

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ddie Jones says Henry Arundell, the promising London Irish defender he called up for the first time on Tuesday, will win England selections on merit and with a view to next year’s World Cup, not just for to be “captured”.

Arundell has shone for England U20 and the Exiles in recent months, scoring a series of scintillating tries.

Jones says the entire national team has been watching him for eight months and he has been rewarded with a call for a training camp next week, which could pave the way for a first selection on the Australian tour this summer.

Arundell also qualifies for Wales, Scotland and Cyprus, but Jones said he will be given a cap when ready, not just to lock him in for the long term.

“It’s not something we do,” said Jones, who has the examples of Louis Lynagh (Australia and Italy) and Paolo Odogwu (Italy) to back this up. Both men remain uncapped despite time in the England side.

Jones compared Arundell to Australian legend Matt Giteau ‘in terms of his desire to attack, not the way he plays’, and added that it was possible a player ‘came out of nowhere’ the year before a World Cup like the one in New Zealand. Nehe Milner-Skudder did it in 2015.

“The reason I compared Arundell [with Giteau] is a similar story,” he said. “You get reports of young players, and where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. I remember getting a seven report on Giteau, what he could do, and then you went to watch him play.

“In five minutes you can usually tell if he got it or not, if he has something special. I gave you this example from Arundell. And Giteau was the same, I went to see him play half-back for his club, and in five minutes you could see he had something on him.

“Then comes the hard part, when they have to work very hard, they have to not believe what they say about them, that they are not Kid Wonder, that they have to apply themselves to the task and that is where the real gamer comes in.

Arundell’s trying exploits have become an internet sensation in recent weeks, but while his Challenge Cup effort against Toulon was particularly effective, Jones was more impressed with another, against Wasps, for the resilience he has shown.

“I was particularly impressed when I went to see him play against Wasps,” he said. “The ball was kicked to him and he hit it cold so it wasn’t a great start. There’s all this hooha about him being a fantastic player and hitting the ball at cold.

“The next ball he gets a long pass, sees space back, chips and scores and that’s the kind of mindset you want to see in young players who want to face the game. So it’s impressive with its pace obviously.

Jones said Arundell was called in so he and his staff could assess him, despite the good things about the path coaches.

“There might be something good about him, but we don’t know what his desire is, we don’t know what his work ethic looks like, we don’t know what his mental resilience looks like,” he said. he declares.

Can he handle the pressure? We do not know. We will try to find out.

“There are a lot of good young players coming through all the time and some of them have something a bit special. The test of a young payer to becoming a good test player is their ability to work hard, his ability to roll with the punches, his ability to stay physically and mentally resilient and have that mindset to keep improving.

“From what I know of him and I met him once very briefly, he has good attributes. But we will only see that on the three days of training we have.

“We just have to wait and see what he looks like. Can he handle the pressure? We do not know. We will try to find out.

Asked about the biggest mistake young players make in Arundell’s position, Jones said: “They don’t work hard enough. They believe what is written about them. It’s quite simple. If you are a good young player, you have talent and you are ready to work hard, you will succeed.


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