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Eddie Jones’s England chase history but must be wary of Lions’ fate

England head coach Eddie Jones before the match

In Australia they call it fossicking or noodling. Sometimes it can take decades of scouring the parched outback to secure the odd rare gem – perhaps opal or gold – lying unclaimed in a remote mining settlement such as Coober Pedy. Suddenly English rugby is in a similar situation; after years of fruitless June expeditions there is finally a glint of precious metal visible in the dirt.



Wales' Joe Ledley, Hal Robson Kanu and Joe Allen before the game

Joe Allen is done with comparisons and wants to make mark at Euro 2016

Joe Allen has heard all the nicknames before. From “the Welsh Xavi” to “the Welsh Pirlo” and even “the Welsh Jesus”, the Liverpool midfielder has been burdened, complimented and seen as a saviour. Yet the message from the man himself is a simple one. “I’m just an Average Joe,” Allen says, smiling.