• Jones: Youngs can be next Du Preez

    England coach Eddie Jones believes scrumhalf Ben Youngs to be in the same mould as Springbok legend Fourie du Preez.

    Jones drew this comparison after Youngs sparkled for England in their 37-21 dismantling of South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old tested the Bok defence throughout the game, which resulted in two try assists for him while he also box-kicked with precision, earning a rave review from Jones.

    'He's got an exceptional kicking game. The only other halfback I've seen with a kicking game like him is Fourie du Preez. We want to be a team that can play completely off Nos 9, 10 and 12 and Ben can have that same influence that Du Preez had on the Springboks.

    'He's got a nice turn of pace and awareness of space, so we want to develop that running game with him. He's a big lad for a halfback, he weighs 88 or 89 kg, depending on how many lollies he's eaten,' Jones joked.

    England host Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday and if they win, it'll be their 12th successive victory and 11th under Jones.

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    Mariette Adams