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English debutant Henry Arundell scored a try out of nowhere with his first touch against Australia

English debutant Henry Arundell scored a try out of nowhere with his first touch against Australia

Henry Arundell is determined to forge his own path to rugby stardom amid comparisons to game greats like David Campese and Bryan Habana.

Arundell produced one of the most dynamic debuts in English rugby history by scoring a try and helping set up a second in the closing stages of Saturday’s 30-28 loss to Australia immediately after coming off the bench.

England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones says he has been impressed with 19-year-old fullback Henry Arundell

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England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones says he has been impressed with 19-year-old fullback Henry Arundell

England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones says he has been impressed with 19-year-old fullback Henry Arundell

The 19-year-old’s seven-minute cameo on the touchline was a continuation of his explosive form for London Irish in his debut professional season, but at Perth’s Optus Stadium heralded his arrival to the world.

Eddie Jones compared his debut to that of Wallabies great Campese, while South Africa’s deadly striker Habana and Wallabies genius Matt Giteau have also been mentioned.

With so much accolade coming his way, Arundell says he’s determined to keep proving himself worthy of such accolades.

Former England center Will Greenwood looks back on England's loss to Australia in the first Test over the weekend and why Eddie Jones needs to choose between Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith.

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Former England center Will Greenwood looks back on England’s loss to Australia in the first Test over the weekend and why Eddie Jones needs to choose between Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith.

Former England center Will Greenwood looks back on England’s loss to Australia in the first Test over the weekend and why Eddie Jones needs to choose between Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith.

“It’s high praise and it’s great, but I have to make sure I keep testing it,” said Arundell, who will remain on the bench for Saturday’s second test.

“Eddie drives that through the whole team – the drive is upgrading yourself to keep getting better.

“It’s fun when you get the comparisons and stuff, but, at the end of the day, you have to be your own player and do your thing.”

Arundell’s brother and father traveled to Perth to see his debut and will also be in attendance for the next installment in the series in Brisbane this weekend.

“On a personal level and also for my family, it was an amazing, amazing day. I didn’t think I would ever do that kind of thing, so I’m really excited about it, but there’s a bigger focus,” Arundel said.

“It’s great to score a try, but guys like Owen Farrell have played almost 100 tests and that’s the goal for me, to be at that kind of level.

“Owen gave me one of his jerseys after the game to tell me I did well. There is a very good mutual understanding, that happened, but the Test series is the main thing, and winning the World Cup next year.”

May will miss the second Test | Underhill to replace Curry?

England flanker Jonny May could miss Saturday’s second test against Australia as he continues his recovery from Covid.

England flanker Jonny May missed the first Test with Covid and also ruled out of the second.

England flanker Jonny May missed the first Test with Covid and also ruled out of the second.

England have clarified to Sky Sports News that May is continuing her gradual recovery and has not yet been officially ruled out of the game.

May tested positive for Covid on her arrival in Perth ahead of the series and was forced to spend seven days in self-isolation, which ended too late to appear in the opening 30-28 loss at Optus Stadium.

The 32-year-old was expected to return to the wing at the expense of Joe Cokanasiga, but he hasn’t been able to fully train since coming out of quarantine, putting his role in the rest of the series in question.

“It was a long seven days for Jonny! Today (Tuesday) he was back on his feet running, but he didn’t join the team. It will be a gradual return to full training for him,” defense coach Anthony Seibold said. he said.

“We tried to include Jonny while he was in isolation, so we sent him the team meetings, the backup meetings.

“We’ve used him as a very experienced test player. We have a very young group at the back, so he’s been an asset to those guys.”

Michael Lynagh felt England missed a huge opportunity in their first Test loss to Australia in Perth, but feels the team needs

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Michael Lynagh felt England missed a huge opportunity in their first Test loss to Australia in Perth, but feels the team needs “another chance” in Brisbane.

Michael Lynagh felt England missed a huge opportunity in their first Test loss to Australia in Perth, but feels the team needs “another chance” in Brisbane.

May’s unavailability means Eddie Jones must decide whether to persevere with the underachieving Cokanasiga at left wing or give Henry Arundell a full debut or give Tommy Freeman his first cap.

Jack Nowell’s impact on the edges in the first Task ensures him to continue on the other wing.

The England squad will be reduced to 35 players when Curry returns home on Wednesday, his tour ended by a first-half concussion in Perth.

Curry’s head snapped back as he tackled Sami Kerevi, but after being cleared during an on-field exam, he developed symptoms at halftime and was ruled out for HIA.

Three blows to the head in the last six months have resulted in a cautious approach to his recovery.

“This is about looking out for Tom’s well-being. There’s a longer-term piece at play with Tom’s health,” Seibold said.

“He has had some concussions in the last period of time, so the medical staff prefer to err on the side of caution. We do not have any concerns about his medium or long-term health.”

“The medical team has made the decision that instead of staying with Tom for the rest of the tour, he can go home, get some rest and recover at home.

“He’s in good shape, I spoke to him this morning. He’s disappointed he’s not staying and he can’t play because he’s a competitor, but there’s a long-term vision at stake.”

Sam Underhill is the main contender among the three options to replace Curry on the open side with Lewis Ludlam and Jack Willis also being considered.

Speaking at the JP McManus Pro-Am, Matt Dawson insists he is confident England can turn around their 1-0 deficit to win the series in Australia.

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Speaking at the JP McManus Pro-Am, Matt Dawson insists he is confident England can turn around their 1-0 deficit to win the series in Australia.

Speaking at the JP McManus Pro-Am, Matt Dawson insists he is confident England can turn around their 1-0 deficit to win the series in Australia.

“Sam was one of the standout players at the 2019 World Cup,” Seibold said.

“He missed out on selection for the first test, but he competed very hard to get him in the draw for the second.

“Lewis Ludlam came in and raced really hard when Tom came out with the HIA.

“He has been a great leader for Northampton this year and when he comes to camp you can certainly tell why he is captain of his club. He has a great quality of leadership and competes very hard.”

“Wasps’ Jack Willis is very good on the ball. He competes very strongly defensively.”

Greenwood: Arundell should be in the starting XV for the second Test

With Jonny May potentially out of the second Test, Sky Sports’ Will Greenwood believes Arundell’s display in the first Test should be enough for the London Irish player to start the second Test.

Eleanor Roper joined David Flatman and Michael Lynagh to reflect on the first Test match between Australia and England.

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Eleanor Roper joined David Flatman and Michael Lynagh to reflect on the first Test match between Australia and England.

Eleanor Roper joined David Flatman and Michael Lynagh to reflect on the first Test match between Australia and England.

“He’s been doing this for London Irish all year, he’s only 19 and he’s got big hands,” Greenwood said.

“Australia have disconnected a bit, you always have to understand that, they have the game won but they still need to score.

“On top of that, with the way England’s backline didn’t shoot over the weekend, I suspect if Jonny May hadn’t been out of shape, Henry as a trainee probably wouldn’t have been involved in 23.

“But life is about taking chances, it’s about kicking the door down when it opens an inch.

“He’s opened an inch and scored a wonderful try.

“Because of that, you’d expect Eddie to come up to him this week, put him in the bottom three and say ‘boy no one else could score for 79 minutes, you were half decent, have a pop.'”

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