Ewels braced for Pumas cage battle
HUNGRY England second row hopeful Charlie Ewels has revealed how a chance meeting with his mentor Danny Grewcock left him in no doubt about the magnitude of the task facing Eddie Jones’s new look Red Rose outfit in Argentina.
Ewels, right – one of three locks named alongside Joe Launchbury and Saracens tyro Nick Isiekwe for next month’s tour – is desperate to lay down a marker in the absence of Lions trio Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes and George Kruis.
However, Grewcock was on the rotten end of a 33-13 hammering by Argentina in hostile Buenos Aires 20 years ago and Bath’s former academy manager has already warned Ewels of the pitfalls awaiting the unsuspecting in South America.
Ewels, capped three times by England in November, said: “I bumped into Danny at the Rec and after he’d congratulated me on my selection, he mentioned that Argentina was actually his first tour in 1997. “He said there was nothing really like it and to get ready because Argentina are a completely different beast in their own country. The stadiums have got cages around the pitch and their fans are pretty hostile, so it’s a big challenge. “It didn’t go well for Danny but he did okay with England after that.
“I enjoyed the Saxons tour of South Africa last summer and learnt more coming off the bench three times in the Autumn, so once you’ve had a little taste you just want more.”
Ewels added: “It will be huge if I’m selected and what I’ve learned from my brief time in international rugby so far is that the guys who go on and win loads of caps perform every time they pull on the shirt.”