Marcus Smith a doubt for England while Randall injury raises questions for Jones

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  • Eddie Jones ‘cautiously optimistic’ Smith can play some part
  • RFU denies claims Harry Randall was injured on paddleboard

Eddie Jones has mounting injury headaches before England’s opening autumn international against Tonga on Saturday with Marcus Smith a doubt to face the Pacific Islanders, potentially disrupting the head coach’s plans to unleash a new-look 10-12 axis.

Compounding matters for Jones is a report that the scrum-half Harry Randall, who has been ruled out of the entire autumn series, was injured during a paddleboarding session as part of a team-bonding exercise in Jersey last week. In addition, Max Malins, Louis Lynagh and Raffi Quirke will all miss the match at Twickenham with injuries sustained before coming into camp.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/nov/02/marcus-smith-an-injury-doubt-for-england-against-tonga under the title “Marcus Smith a doubt for England while Randall injury raises questions for Jones”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.