England boss Jones backs Saints full-back Furbank to shine at fly-half

England boss Eddie Jones feels George Furbank can be 'an exciting prospect' at fly-half for his country.

By Tom Vickers
Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:48 pm
George Furbank
George Furbank

Furbank traditionally plays full-back for Saints, and both of his England caps have come in that position.

But the 24-year-old has shown his skills at 10 for Saints in the past, proving a very useful option at fly-half.

And Jones, who this week named Furbank in his squad for the upcoming autumn fixtures, said: "I believe he can be a very good 10, maybe that’s going to be a position that we consider him strongly for in the future.

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“I’ve always had this feeling and speaking to (Saints boss) Chris Boyd has reinforced that he has got the ability to play 10.

"He has done that for Northampton at the end of games when Dan Biggar has done one of those giant leaps in the air and ended the wrong way so he is an exciting prospect there.

“He’s got a calm demeanour, good catch and pass skills, a solid kicking game and he’s a strong defender so he has all the attributes.

"Whether it happens during the autumn we are not sure but certainly in terms of preparation we will be pushing him in that direction.”