27 September 2019 16:53

“We give each other energy, we’re good at different things and we know what we’re good at.

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The five specialist back-rowers in England's squad of 31 offer useful variety. Lewis Ludlam, hailed as "outstanding" by Eddie Jones following a 45-7 victory over USA, explained how the dynamic quintet are gelling. "I think we bounce off each other, which is the main thing," said the 23 year-old Northampton Saint, who won a fourth cap in Kobe. "We give each other energy, we're good at different things and we know what we're good at. In every back row it's a different balance, which I've really been enjoying." Picked at openside and blindside flanker respectively, Ludlam and Tom Curry impressed.

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