A young and inexperienced England men’s XV produced an entertaining performance to beat the Barbarians, but did Eddie Jones learn anything from this match? They won 51-43 with head coach Eddie Jones watching on, however most media commentators are stating none of the squad are expected to be part of Jones’ plans for the World Cup in Japan at this stage.
Fly-half Marcus Smith and Harlequins team-mate Alex Dombrandt played well, helping England’s advantage to 19 points before the break – with the flanker, who only made his senior debut earlier this season, then teeing up Johnny Williams shortly after half-time. Could one of these players be a suprise inclusion for the Summer Internationals? I strongly believe both players could be wild cards for inclusion, especially if any injuries occur over the coming Summer internationals.
Smith helped move England further ahead with a penalty after the break, before 22-year-old Dombrandt (and man of the match!) dived over for his second try to seal the victory and leave the hosts out of reach despite Taqele Naiyaravoro’s late score.
Smith said to Sky Sports “We spoke about creating memories together, we were full of excitement and to put that performance on was unbelievable” Let’s hope Smith and his Quins teammate created enough memories to make the trip to Japan.
Talking about memories, here’s some great Barbarian moments in history…enjoy that Edwards try! #BestTryEver