England learn lessons from Georgia

England head coach Eddie Jones says their training session with Georgia's national team was a valuable learning lesson for his team.

The England pack took part in scrum and line-out sessions at Latymer Upper School as part of a two-day training session with Milton Haig's side, and Jones believes it will benefit them in their Six Nations campaign.

"Georgia were just the sort of scrum we needed to scrum against – strong, scrummaged in a different way and the boys learnt a number of different things today," he told England Rugby. 

"You've got to realise that they basically scrum for a living."

"I think early on they probably had the superiority but I think we came back fairly well so it was an excellent session from us, the players really enjoyed it. 

"They [Georgia] just use their head and shoulders in different ways. There's different ways of exerting pressure in scrums and some of it is old fashioned and some of it is new fashioned and they just do different things.

"You've got to realise that they basically scrum for a living so our guys have learnt a number of different things."

With it being a fallow week during the Six Nations, there is more preparation time before England look to make it three wins from three against Scotland on Saturday 24 February.

However, Jones is without a number of players ahead of the third round.

"Sam Simmonds has got a joint problem in his shoulder, he won't be available for the next two games," he stated.

"Anthony Watson and Owen Farrell probably won't train this week but we imagine they're going to be available for Scotland.  

"Elliot Daly has come back but now he's injured his other calf, we're not sure how serious that is."

He also stated number eight Nathan Hughes will stay with the England camp this week to hone his conditioning rather than return to Wasps.

Jones has used England's fallow week to include a number of apprentices in the squad including first call-ups for two players who have impressed for the England U20 side in Sam Moore (Sale Sharks) and Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins).

It is another example of the pathway within England Rugby where if players impress they can make their way into the senior squad.

"Sam Moore is a likely lad, he reminds me of Kieran Read with the way he plays, wide, angular runner, potentially can be a good lineout forward," added Jones. "He's a good humble lad so he's definitely worth a look at.

"Gabby is powerful, seriously powerful. So it's been nice to have a look at those two boys and they'll be options to look at in the June series to take them on tour, as we've done consistently where we look to take a couple of  apprentices and keep adding to the squad.

"We're studying the Under 20s very carefully and those are the two that we've identified at the moment."

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