Marcus Smith’s club coach questions substitution in England defeat


  • Fly-half was replaced by Eddie Jones with England in control
  • Harlequins’ Tabai Matson says move must have been planned

Eddie Jones’s decision to take Marcus Smith off at a crucial juncture in England’s Calcutta Cup defeat by Scotland was premeditated and a missed opportunity for the fly-half, according to his Harlequins coach, Tabai Matson.

England were 17-10 ahead at Murrayfield – with Smith scoring all of their points – when Jones replaced him and introduced George Ford in the 63rd minute. Scotland proceeded to mount a dramatic comeback with Ford’s main contribution a disappointing touch-finder as Jones’s side sought to snatch victory in the closing minutes.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
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