England Autumn Internationals –Resignations and replacements

England Autumn Internationals –Resignations and replacements

Resignations and replacements

11 personnel changes have happened so far this week, and no we are not talking about the drama amongst the Cabinet. Eddie Jones’ England squad will have some new faces in the team this weekend against Japan. 

Unlike the recent news coming out from the UK government, fans would have been more than satisfied with the opening statement from England. Young’s long range past to Ashton sent Twickenham into a frenzy louder than the House of Commons. 

Eddie Jones is viewing this weekend’s fixture as, “an opportunity for us to test the depth of the squad.” Despite the result last weekend, the squad will be fired up after a still impressive performance against the All Blacks, with a noticeable performance from Sam Underhill whose work rate throughout the game was at 100%. This tournament has allowed exciting opportunities for uncapped players to enter the international arena, with Saturday’s fixture being no exception. The 6’4 Joe Cokanasiga is one to watch on the wing. 

The Japanese have an interesting love affair with rugby. After Eddie Jones coached the team to their famous win over South Africa in 2015, the country had one of the highest viewing figures for an international match against Scotland. Japan are set to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the first time, with rugby fans from across the world visiting the host cities. Although this is not without controversy, passionate Japanese rugby fans have voiced concerned that the World Cup is being overshadowed by the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.   

GPB v YEN

With all this drama off the pitch, the Japanese Yen is seen a safe haven for investors. Just as Eddie Jones plans to smash his former side, Japan might be potentially stuck between the US & China trade war. With both trading partners set to increase their tariffs, Japanese manufacturers could  feel the hardest hit. 

Japan might not be a threat on the pitch but they can hurt the UK economy. A meeting earlier this year in February between Theresa May and Japanese business leaders did not end well, with Japanese private businesses threatening to pull out the UK altogether. The upcoming months will prove a crucial point between relationships off the pitch between the UK and Japan. 

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