Eng­land boss Jones axe Ge­orge Kruis ahead of Aus­tralia clash

Mar­ler re­turns af­ter three-week ban Genge among 10 play­ers re­leased by Jones

Kuwait Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Eng­land boss Ed­die Jones has axed Ge­orge Kruis for Satur­day’s show­down with old ri­vals Aus­tralia. Kruis started Eng­land’s 21-8 vic­tory over Ar­gentina on Satur­day, but the se­cond row for­ward has paid the price for a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance.

The 27-year-old Sara­cens star was re­leased on Tues­day in the lat­est blow for a player who has suf­fered a num­ber of form and in­jury set­backs this year. Kruis was viewed as a key mem­ber of the Eng­land team as re­cently as last year’s Six Na­tions, but he has failed to main­tain that progress and was dropped fol­low­ing an er­rorstrewn per­for­mance in the first Test of the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Jones has de­cided to in­clude Char­lie Ewels in­stead of Kruis in the 25-man train­ing squad gath­ered at their Bagshot base ahead of the Aus­tralia Test. Mean­while, Joe Mar­ler is set to fea­ture against the Wal­la­bies at Twick­en­ham af­ter El­lis Genge was among the 10 play­ers re­leased by Jones.

Mar­ler re­turns af­ter com­plet­ing his three-week ban for strik­ing with the el­bow and will ei­ther start or be named on the bench against Aus­tralia, de­pend­ing on whether Jones de­cides to re­duce Mako Vu­nipola’s work­load.

Alex Lo­zowski has also been dropped de­spite ap­pear­ing as a se­cond-half re­place­ment on Satur­day. Lo­zowksi’s exit means that his Sara­cens col­league Owen Far­rell is likely to be in­volved against the Wal­la­bies af­ter be­ing rested for Ar­gentina along­side Maro Itoje, who is also poised to make his comeback.

Mike Brown is present among the 25 de­spite be­ing likely to miss out as he fol­lows the re­turn to play pro­to­cols for con­cus­sion, as is Jonny May who has made a full re­turn to train­ing fol­low­ing his re­cov­ery from a ham­string strain. Jones is due to name his start­ing lineup to­mor­row. — AFP

LON­DON: Eng­land’s lock Ge­orge Kruis claims the ball from a line out dur­ing the Au­tumn in­ter­na­tional rugby union test match be­tween Eng­land and Ar­gentina at Twick­en­ham Sta­dium in south­west Lon­don. —AFP

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