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Leader Owen Farrell the foundation of Eddie Jones’s new-look England | Andy Bull


Jones’s side look increasingly like their co-captain Farrell’s side as Saracens fly-half’s work-rate and fortitude prove key

They have gussied up Twickenham, building a new swooping facade on the back of the old East Stand and a pair of wrought iron gates with the words to Jerusalem stencilled into them around the other side of the ground. It looks a little awkward, all these pretty little frills on those brutal old pressed concrete grandstands, with their exposed pipes and endless zigzag staircases; the stadium is an odd combination of ugly structures and fancy flourishes, as if it does not quite know what it is trying to be. At least it is finished, though, unlike the team who play there. Eddie Jones has got another 12 months to go, and there are a lot of nuts and bolts left to tighten yet.

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