Fantastic achievement for Joe! When was the last time a championship player was called up into the England squad? I remember Chris Pennell coming off the bench for England the year Worcester got relegated but can't think of anyone since.
How long is his contract? All this does is put him on the radar of the bigger teams.
Chuffed for him, if we go up he'll be far more confident after playing on the tour. For lewi, I'm pleased he isn't going, I'd rather he have a good pre season as he didn't get one last year. He'll have his time again, for now though he needs to get some games under his belt and keep that knee strong
Fabulous news for Joe and well deserved, amazing that Eddie has selected a Championship player, must rate him highly - just worried that being with all those premiership players we might find him 'poached' by a senior club?
DrV'sHairyCraic A few words from Eddie at the 1:30 mark.
"He's big mate! And he's fast.....I don't care who he plays for."
A refreshing change of attitude from an England coach. Knowing they'll get picked even when not perhaps playing Champions Cup rugby will hopefully help a little with player retention in future provided we get get a foothold back in the AP.
Eddie Jones selections are a lot more exciting than Gatlands but then it was always going to be so. England will be the beneficiaries of the summer as competition hots up. Will be great to see Joe and also Solamona in England colours ...
I would assume that Eddie's attention was drawn more form Joe's performance with the u20s than in the league, as such I doubt he's looked much at the rest of the squad. But if we go up he'll be attending games and we might see other players get a look in, or at least join the wider EPS.
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