Eddie Jones admits to facing selection headache after England whitewash Argentina

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Piers Francis crossed the line for England during their victory over Argentina on Saturday (Source: Getty)

England head coach Eddie Jones insists he faces a selection conundrum after his side’s 35-25 victory in Santa Fe on Saturday ensured a series whitewash of Argentina.

Robbed of 30 players through call-ups to the British and Irish Lions and injury, Jones was able to field a number of emerging talents in the two-match tour, which England won 2-0.

The likes of Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson, Piers Francis, Alex Lozowski and Denny Solomona were all given an opportunity to press their case, and Jones admits a headache awaits.

“It’s a great achievement,” said Jones. “I am very pleased for the team, I am pleased for the young players and I am pleased that they have got some more growth in them.

“It’s now a chance to move forward. We have to try and fit 61 players into a 45-man EPS [Elite Player Squad]. That’s the next big thing I need to do.”

England’s triumph on Saturday secured an eighth successive win over the Pumas, who were World Cup semi-finalists in 2015, as they became only the second team from this country to complete a series whitewash in Argentina.

It was also a 19th win in 20 Test matches for England under Jones, while the tour afforded the Australian a close look at a team who his side will face in the group stages of the 2019 World Cup.

Skipper Dylan Hartley said: “It’s been easy to lead this team. The buy-in has been brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for a better group. I think English rugby is in a safe place with the depth that we’ve got.”

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