England's whitewash of Argentina increases Eddie Jones options
England have more than 60 players fighting for a spot in the national squad following the series whitewash of Argentina, says head coach Eddie Jones.
Jones, without 30 players because of injury and British and Irish Lions calls, called it a “great achievement”.
“I am very pleased for the team, I am pleased for the young players,” said the Australian.
“I am pleased that they have got some more growth in them. It is now a chance to move forward.”
Jones said he now faces a challenge picking players for the elite performance squad as England continue to build towards the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
“We have to try to fit 61 players into a 45-man EPS squad. That’s the next big thing I need to do,” he added.
Jones acknowledged the importance of experienced players on the tour such as George Ford, Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury.
But a number of newcomers also impressed after helping England to only a second series whitewash against the World Cup semi-finalists.
“A few guys have done really well,” Jones added. “Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Tom Curry and Sam Underhill at open-side flanker, Mark Wilson has proved himself to be a very competent player.
“In the back-line Piers Francis and Alex Lozowski are worth looking at, also Denny Solomona.
“Nathan Earle didn’t play but we will keep looking at him as well.”