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Maro Itoje to lead wave of future as Eddie Jones ushers in new England era

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Eddie Jones’s first squad selection as head coach will leave no one in any doubt that England are setting off in a fresh direction. A raft of highly rated newcomers led by Maro Itoje and Jack Clifford are poised to sweep aside several of Stuart Lancaster’s loyal servants, with a third of last autumn’s World Cup squad facing omission from Jones’s initial plans.

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

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.

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