FORMER Bournemouth Rugby youngster Charlie Ewels scored his maiden international try in England’s 35-25 victory over Argentina in the second Test on Saturday.
Ewels, who attended Moordown St Johns and Bournemouth School, earned his fifth cap in Santa Fe as Eddie Jones’s men became only the second England team to complete a series whitewash in Argentina.
The Bournemouth-born lock, who now plays for Bath, had also featured for 77 minutes in England’s pulsating 38-34 victory over the Pumas in the first Test in San Juan seven days previously.
Head coach Jones hailed their exploits “a great achievement” as they registered an eighth successive win over the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists, who will also provide the opposition for England in Japan in 2019.
“It is a great achievement,” said Jones said. “I am very pleased for the team, I am pleased for the young players and I am pleased that they have got some more growth in them.
“It is now a chance to move forward. We have to try to fit 61 players into a 45-man EPS squad. That’s the next big thing I need to do.”
Without 30 players due to injury and British and Irish Lions calls, the tour had been all about blooding youngsters with an eye on the next World Cup and players like Sam Underhill, Tom Curry and Piers Francis all strengthened their cases.
However, England were also indebted to the experience of George Ford, Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury as they saw off a determined Pumas outfit inspired by the raucous atmosphere generated by a near-capacity crowd of 29,750 at Estadio CA Colon.
“A few guys have done really well,” added Jones. “Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Tom Curry and Sam Underhill at openside flanker, Mark Wilson has proved himself to be a very competent player. In the back line, Piers Francis and Alex Lozowski are worth looking at, also Denny Solomona. Nathan Earle didn’t play but we will keep looking at him as well.
“I thought Robshaw and Brown were absolutely exceptional. They showed why they are 50-cap Test players.”
Source : BournemouthEcho