Jones backing Yarde to deliver

Date published: May 23 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones believes that he has made the right decision to include Harlequins winger Marland Yarde at the expense of Chris Ashton.

On Sunday Jones named his 32-man squad to travel to Australia for the three-Test tour choosing four uncapped players.

Jones told the England Rugby website that he sees Yarde as a hard working player who will get better with experience.

“I think Marland has got a lot of growth in him, he is a young player, he probably got his first cap too early,” said Jones.

“He didn’t realise how important it was to work hard, he is now working hard at his game and he gives us the sort of winger we want.

"He is an interesting boy because he wants to portray that gangster image."

The Harlequins winger made his debut in 2013 for England and has seven international caps, scoring four tries, two of which came against New Zealand.

Jones highlighted the game against the All Blacks when Yarde put in an explosive run and bumped off oppposition captain, Richie McCaw on route to the try line.

"I go back to the Test against New Zealand when Marland scored that try and ran over the top of Richie McCaw,” said Jones.

“If a kid can do that then he has potential.

“I’ve had a special interest in him, he is interesting boy because he wants to portray that gangster image but he is a hard-working player and I think he can do things in our team that can add to us.

“Marland is working hard and knuckling down as a player, doing bits and pieces such as speed work by himself.”

As for Ashton, Jones spelled out that he will have to develop his all-round skill set in order to be considered for future selection.

“Ashton is unlucky, he is a great finisher but I want a bit more than that.”

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