Marcus Smith of Quins jersey can be England’s X-factor rookie

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Eddie Jones Titans Jersey has Titans Authentic Jersey said Dolphins Jersey the Dolphins Authentic Jersey teenage fly-half Marcus Smith can be England’s “X-factor rookie” for the 2019 World Cup but warned the Harlequins No10 he Authentic Andre Branch Youth Jersey will spend most of next week’s training camp “polishing boots”.The 18-year-old has made only two Premiership starts for Harlequins, including a man-of-the-match performance against Wasps last weekend, but he was on Friday named in Jones’ 33-man squad for the three-day training camp in Oxford. In total Smith has played 196 minutes of Premiership rugby but he shone in the win over Wasps, kicking 14 points including two crucial late penalties.Jones first encountered Smith after a college match in 2015 when the Australian was in charge of Japan at the World Cup in Brighton, where Smith has just finished his studies. The Philippines-born fly-half is highly unlikely to feature in England’s first autumn Test against Argentina on 11 November, however, with Jones describing him as an “apprentice”.
Jones considers Smith his fifth choice for the No10 jersey but he did concede that, while he knows 80% of the World Cup squad, he is on the lookout for bolters, highlighting Nehe Milner-Skudder’s late run into New Zealand’s side in 2015. The wing made his international debut a month before the World Cup but finished the competition with six tries and a winners’ medal.“What I would like to find is someone like a Milner-Skudder, someone who comes out of the blue and gives you something so different in a World Cup year,” Jones said. “I reckon now we have 80% of the squad about right but we’re looking for the X-factor rookie to come out. There’s a place for that sort of player and it could be someone like Marcus Smith. Who knows?“If you look at the squad, then he’s fifth choice stand-off so he’s going to be shining boots and holding bags and that’s a great education for him. He’s got a lot to work on in his game and what we want to do is educate him so that in whatever period of time, two weeks, five months or two years, he’s ready to play Test rugby for England.”Jones has history of blooding young fly-halves, having given Matt Giteau, who went on to win 103 Australia caps, his Test debut against England aged 20, before he had even played professionally. Smith starts on Saturday for Harlequins against Leicester and will Steve McNair Authentic Jersey be in direct competition with George Ford – and Jones will be in the crowd to witness.
“It’s clear that Marcus has got talent,” Jones said. “What we don’t know is if he’s got the desire, work ethic, application and the ability to keep his feet grounded. Because you read the newspapers now and he’s the next Jonny Wilkinson. But he hasn’t done anything.”He then referenced a blunt soundbite to make his point, cleaning it up along the way, as he added: “As the [former] Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins once said: ‘He’s hardly kicked a ball.’ That’s true for Marcus but he’s definitely worth looking at and definitely worth bringing forward and seeing how far we can take him.“I’m sure he’s going to be good at shining George Ford’s boots. He’s an apprentice and he’s come to learn about the game, so don’t get too excited. You’re going to get some fantastic shots of him polishing boots.”Smith should know what is in store. The teenager joined up with England for last month’s pre-season training squad in Teddington as he awaited his A-level results from Brighton College, where he was on a sports scholarship – he played cricket for the first XI and had a trial with Tottenham Hotspur – after his family relocated to the UK from Asia.
If Smith is fifth in line for England, Ford is first choice with Owen Farrell, Alex Lozowski and Piers Francis also ahead of the teenager.Francis’s selection is a surprise considering he is yet to make his Northampton debut since his summer switch from the Blues in New Zealand, because of a jaw injury.“I was impressed with him in Argentina, with his work ethic, his desire to get better,” said Jones of the 27-year-old, who won his first two caps against the Pumas. “And he’s a handy player because he plays 10 and 12. That versatility really helps him. He kicks goals too.”


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