Eddie Jones considering shock Six Nations selection

Eddie Jones considering shock Six Nations selection

But when Jones yesterday included the 25-year-old Cornishman in the England squad to prepare for the Six Nations opener away to Ireland in a fortnight's time, he described Nowell as a "new breed of player" with the attributes to add an unexpected string to his bow.

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Nowell was playing at full-back when he scored a rampaging try on his reappearance for his club against Castres after two months injured last Sunday, while he has won the majority of his 31 caps for England and the Lions on the wing, or occasionally in the centres. "He's got great ball carry, great tackling and skill, puts his head over the ball, tough little bloke".

"He is an important player for us, he has played over 50 Tests. Be really good at the core things of the game but look at opportunities where you can change it". A game used to last 80 minutes, now it lasts 100 minutes.

Jones's vision is not for Nowell to replace Tom Curry but to play alongside him in a four-man back row.

While Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw are both unavailable, the Vunipola brothers and Joe Launchbury are among those to return after missing the November Tests.

"He might eventually need an operation to clean it up, but at this stage they're doing what they call passive rehab and we're confident that he should be fit to play in the Six Nations".

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"Jack is a great player and definitely an option at seven", the Australian said.

"He is going to be the new breed of player", Jones said. It's going to happen.

Jones believes that major changes are on the game's horizon and that a new era will increasingly be characterised by players who can easily interchange between the backs and forwards. He (extra forward) could stand on the blindside wing.

"There are great opportunities in the game to change it and we are looking at opportunities to change it".

It is a nice selection problem for Jones to have and is in stark contrast to the problem of number seven that has never really been solved for any length of time since the departure of 2003 World Cup victor Neil Back.

"We specifically want to beat Ireland", he said.

The Northampton hooker misses the cut with a knee injury allowing Farrell to skipper Eddie Jones' side with England also calling on the uncapped quartet of Jack Singleton (Worcester), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ollie Thorley (Glouceser) and Dan Robson (Wasps).