RUTHLESS JONES DITCHES KRUIS
GEORGE KRUIS last night paid the price for England’s poor display against Argentina when he was axed by coach Eddie Jones.
The Lions second-row forward was cut from the squad to play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday and sent back to club side Saracens.
That paves the way for a recall for the rested Maro Itoje, although Joe Launchbury could step up from the bench or Bath’s Charlie Ewels might be selected.
Owen Farrell also looks poised to return after a rest following a three-week suspension, sending Ellis Genge back to Leicester.
Jonny May is also set to feature against the Aussies after shaking off a hamstring issue as another boost for a side that struggled to beat the Argies 21-8.
Leicester clubmate George Ford welcomed back May and hopes he will annoy the Aussies as much as he used to infuriate him as a very temporary tenant.
Ford said: “It was hard work having him because he is so high maintenance. He’s such a nice guy but I had to kick him out after three weeks, otherwise our friendship would have deteriorated.
“If you spend all day with him at training, when you come home you just want to relax and chill out but he’s just non-stop.
“I don’t think he knows what he’s doing half the time on the pitch but he’s an athlete and so quick and strong and he knows where the try line is.
“It’s not by chance he’s been scoring tries nearly every week, he’s in the right place at the right time and he works incredibly hard on being professional and getting quicker.” WALES have been hit with the shattering news that outside centre Jonathan Davies needs foot surgery and will be out for six months.
He will miss the rest of Wales’ autumn Tests against Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa and next year’s Six Nations Championship.
Assistant coach Shaun Edwards said: “He is probably the form 13 in world rugby. He is a massive loss, there is no doubt about that.”