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Tour stop in South Africa has particular resonance for Eddie Jones. It was here, in the shadow of Table Mountain, that the Rugby Football Union approached him to become England’s coach at the end of 2015, making his return to the Cape with a squad battling to avoid a 3-0 defeat by the Springboks more than a touch ironic.
Having spent barely a fortnight in charge of the locally based Stormers before agreeing to relocate to Twickenham, Jones badly needs to recapture his winning touch. The match also presents an intriguing dilemma selection-wise, with Danny Cipriani among those keenly awaiting the team announcement for Saturday’s third Test.
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Giving him the green light would require Jones to accept the potential ramifications of Cipriani playing a blinder. Until now George Ford has been Jones’s key tactical cog but, behind a toiling pack, the Leicester fly-half was unable to navigate [url=http://www.authenticwarriorstore.com/Omri_Casspi_Jersey]http://www.authenticwarriorstore.com/Omri_Casspi_Jersey[/url]
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but, according to Launchbury, England are not in the mood to ease up. “It’s easy to view this as the last game of the season and a tour that is over in terms of being 2-0 down but we have a massive opportunity to end a run of form we are desperate to change,” he said. “I’d be very surprised if you found anyone in this squad who isn’t excited about this weekend.”