Eddie Jones has said that he is uncertain whether Marland Yarde is in the right frame of mind to be in the running for a starting spot in the England team following his departure from Harlequins.
Yarde moved to the Sale Sharks during the week after he fell out of favour at the Harlequins. Chris Robshaw said that the winger “had run out of lives” after he missed three training sessions.
Jonny May is in doubt for England’s opening autumn international against Argentina next week and Jones will bring in reinforcements. However, the coach suggested that he won’t be considering Yarde.
Speaking to Sky Sports News Jones said, “We left Marland out because Denny [Solomona] has scored more tries than him. Now he’s been in that difficult situation with his club, and whether psychologically he’s in the right spot to come and compete for a spot with England. We have to assess, so therefore we could look further afield. It has been a difficult time for him. When you’ve played for a club from a young age, it’s been the club that you love, and then you move away. It’s like the end of a marriage and sometimes you need a period to reassess and re-evaluate your life, reset your goals.”
Jones said that Yarde must be at his “absolute best” if he is to receive a starting spot. However, he also said that he is confident that the majority of the rest of the squad will have recovered from their injuries in time for the game.
Jones has said that he has never encountered such a large spate of injuries but that he doesn’t think there is a crisis in rugby, “This is my third year in the job and I’ve found the players to be in the most difficult condition in this camp … Is there a trend? I think it’s just a cycle, and on top of that you’ve got the Lions guys who are coming back from a tough series in New Zealand. That exacerbates the issue.”