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Sport Wasps star Jack Willis to win call-up to England's autumn Test squad

03:15  26 october  2020
03:15  26 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Willis – who was captained by Sam Jones at Wasps – was part of what he calls “the knee gang” Talk a player up enough and Jones will seemingly find a reason not to pick them, but it is unlikely to Blackett agrees, describing Willis as the one member of his squad most likely to be picking the brains

Willis is coming off an astonishing season, built around his unrivalled ability at the breakdown to win Jimmy Gopperth, the Wasps veteran, joked after the semi-final win over Bristol that if he tried to "We spend a lot of time together and he does a lot of hard work coming up with new drills for me to work

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Jack Willis is set to be named in England's autumn Test squad in recognition of his award-winning feats for Wasps, but Luke Cowan-Dickie will join Exeter team-mate Jack Nowell in being absent on medical grounds.

Breakdown specialist Willis was recently named Premiership and Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year and the 23-year-old will be included by Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday's clash with Italy in Rome.

The squad has been selected for that rescheduled Six Nations finale — with England in title contention — and the Autumn Nations Cup, featuring pool fixtures against Georgia, Ireland and Wales.

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Jack Willis was exceptional for Wasps in their Premiership semi-final win and coach Lee Blackett has revealed some of the secrets behind his improvements. Wasps boss Lee Blackett has spoken about the sibling rivalry that has fired up Jack Willis and left the back row on the cusp of England honours

Wasps flanker fits the bill for what coaches are looking for with the new breakdown interpretations, but whether that earns him a second career call - up remains Jack Willis has put himself into the frame to win an England call - up (Getty). The new interpretations of the breakdown is music to the ears of John

Wasps may have narrowly lost the Premiership final, but several of their players advanced their international prospects.


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As well as Willis, Dan Robson and his rookie half-back partner Jacob Umaga are destined to be named, along with Joe Launchbury.

Exeter winning the Premiership and Champions Cup double has not led to a large contingent of Chiefs being summoned. Henry Slade and Harry Williams are to be joined in the England squad by lock Jonny Hill — a linchpin of their season.

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The Wasps flanker boasts rugby intelligence, mental strength, flexibility, a strong core and an 80-minute engine. Jack Willis is far and away the best 'jackal' in the Premiership but there is so much more to his game and it is that all-round understanding which makes him such a beast at the breakdown.

Wasps powered to their second appearance in the Premiership final since they last won it in 2008.

a man looking at the camera: Willis was recently named Premiership and Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year © Provided by Daily Mail Willis was recently named Premiership and Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year

However, hooker Cowan-Dickie will miss out as he requires an operation, as does Nowell.

In addition, there is no place for the Simmonds brothers, Sam and Joe.

The latter has been an authoritative presence at No 10, but England have established playmakers in Owen Farrell and George Ford — although Ford is struggling with an Achilles injury.

Meanwhile, England were crowned Women's Six Nations champions after France were held 13-13 by Scotland.

France had needed a win in Glasgow to take the title race to the final round but blew a 10-point lead as wing Rachel Shankland crossed late on.

a group of people posing for the camera: Exeter's cup double has not led to a large contingent of Chiefs players being summoned © Provided by Daily Mail Exeter's cup double has not led to a large contingent of Chiefs players being summoned Read more

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