Clive Woodward intrigued by the selections of Jack Nowell and Joe Cokanasiga for Japan Test

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Following their hardly-fought loss to New Zealand last weekend, all eyes were on Eddie Jones and his selection for the upcoming game against Japan and, unsurprisingly he threw plenty of surprising selections in there.

Sir Clive Woodward was quick to criticise some decisions made by England at key points of the match against the All Blacks, and it seems that he has a few things to say about the latest selection.

The former England coach has this time admitted that he is excited by this latest England selection, and is particularly intrigued by the inclusion of Jack Nowell and Joe Cokanasiga.

Woodward was writing in his guest column for the Daily Mail, when he said, "The two most intriguing selections are Jack Nowell at centre and Joe Cokanasiga on the wing."

Speaking of Joe, he added: "We haven’t see much of Cokanasiga recently but there were a couple of eye-popping finishes for Bath back in September which marked him out as something pretty special. 

"He has brilliant feet and balance as well as power and pace. Despite his inexperience, I’m expecting big things."

Woodward then went on to say of Jack, "Nowell, meanwhile, is such a good player he can do a job almost anywhere in the back division - but the harsh fact is that, barring injuries, I don’t see him regaining his place on the wing.

"England are so well stocked there - Chris Ashton, Jonny May, perhaps Anthony Watson when he returns, Elliot Daly and now Cokanasiga. Nowell is beginning to drop down the pecking order.

"For all his versatility and footballing nous, he hasn’t got that world-class gas or strength that marks out most top-class wings these days."

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Some quite harsh critiquing from Woodward but at the same time, you have to admit that he does have a point.

Both of these players are going to have to deliver a very good performance in order to persuade Jones they deserve an opportunity in the bigger matches to come over the next 18 months.

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