Jim Mallinder insisted that Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt placed themselves in the showcase of the England World Cup training club. Smith had 26 points a superbly taken try six conversions and three penalties to be named man of the match.
Both could be part of the Eddie Jones World Cup training team announced on July 4th. Although they are not able to travel to Japan this fall, they are not up to the task. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Jones was among the 40,230 spectators at Twickenham, but rugby coach Mallinder. The Rugby Football Union coach managed to secure a win in which Joe Marchant and Alex Mitchell also shone.
In 2015, Henry Slade faced the Barbarians and was integrated into the World Cup team later in the year. Mallinder thinks one or two members of his England XV team could trace a similar route.
“We said that everybody had an opportunity of playing for England, being watched and giving themselves a good chance. A number of players have done that,” Mallinder said.
We saw players from this team who played very well for England, for the under-20s and won the Junior World Cups. Marcus Smith has a huge future ahead of him. He is still eligible to play in the under the 20s but it was good to play at this level as he was very successful.
He is a very grounded young man so I hope he continues to improve. I do not think we should expect too much from him, but he is clearly an exceptional player with a ball in his hand.
“I was very impressed with Alex Dombrandt. I’ve really enjoyed watching him playing for Harlequins this season. Some of his ball carrying and play around the field was very good.”
The barbarians threatened to rethink Britain’s 38-12 lead, which had been caught at 38-35. But Dombrandt and Smith scored only high scores.
“I thought we’d do it at the end there but we just turned over too much ball. We gave them a few soft tries,” Barbarians coach Pat Lam said.
Fair play in England, it shows that great talents are emerging. There was hunger and desire in their team some of their guys wanted to prove a point.
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