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George Kruis eyeing return to England starting XV against Argentina

George Kruis is available against Argentina on Saturday with Eddie Jones considering his immediate return to England's starting XV.

Kruis has missed the autumn victories over South Africa and Fiji after undergoing minor ankle surgery and his club Saracens estimated that he would be sidelined for four to eight weeks.

The second row, an ever-present under Jones until injury struck, has made a rapid recovery while ensconced at England's Surrey training base and Jones must decide whether to break up the Courtney Lawes-Joe Launchbury partnership that has served him well so far this autumn.

"Kruis is probably going to be available - he's fit and ready to go. He doesn't necessarily need to play for his club first," Jones said.

"It's not necessarily better to bring him off the bench. You talk to the players and they like to play with the best players at the start of the game. We'll wait and see.

"We've got great competition in there because Launchbury and Courtney Lawes have done superbly for us.

"Neither Joe nor Courtney had great training weeks. They both had ailments that clouded our selection a bit, so their effort against Fiji was good."

Jones has already pencilled in his starting XV to face Argentina at Twickenham with Mike Brown set to return at the expense of Alex Goode at full-back.

"I think I know the team, but it's always up for grabs. The players have until 2.20pm on Saturday to get picked!" Jones said.

"A few players may have clouded it a little bit after the Fiji game. I thought Elliot Daly was good on the left wing.

"Whether that's his best position, I'm not sure, but it certainly worked. I was pleased with him and with Jonathan Joseph, whose defence was absolutely outstanding.

"Jonny May has had a good training week. He's definitely fitter, definitely ready to go. And Mike Brown is in good nick, so they'll be back competing for selection."

When asked about the duel between Brown and Goode, Jones replied: "Where do I see it? Intriguing.

"There's always one above the other. It's like life. Someone is always above the other. You'll find out when I pick the side next week."


From Belfast Telegraph