Jones wants clarity on Underhill’s eligibility

Date published: July 13 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones is still seeking clarity on the availability of Ospreys flanker Sam Underhill to play for the Six Nations champions.

Underhill, who represented England at U18 level, has been on Jones' radar after several superb performances for the PRO12 outfit but the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) eligibility rules prevented the 19-year-old from playing during the Six Nations and England's triumphant tour of Australia.

According to RFU rules, a player who is not playing in England can only receive a Test call-up "in extraordinary circumstances".

When asked if the RFU had issued a clear directive on Underhill's eligibility, Jones replied: "yes and no". 

"'Yes' is that I don't think that his position has changed, and the 'no' is that we still need to investigate. We'll just wait and see." 

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