Sunday 23 July 2017

Corbisiero: 'Arrogant' England to stay unbeaten

Corbisiero predicts a clean sweep of southern hemisphere scalps over the coming weekends. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Corbisiero predicts a clean sweep of southern hemisphere scalps over the coming weekends. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Duncan Bech

Alex Corbisiero believes Eddie Jones has developed an element of "arrogance" in England that will see them swagger into their November campaign.

South Africa open the series when they visit Twickenham on Saturday, followed by Fiji, Argentina and Australia with a record-equalling 14 successive Test victories the prize at stake come December 3.

Since Jones took over in the wake of last year's World Cup disaster, England have been crowned Grand Slam champions and posted an historic 3-0 series whitewash of the Wallabies.

Corbisiero, who began a sabbatical from the game last year after winning 20 Red Rose caps and two for the British and Irish Lions, predicts a clean sweep of southern hemisphere scalps over the coming weekends.

"What Eddie has done well with England is honing their mindset and developing their ruthlessness. They have a bit of arrogance that they play with now," Corbisiero said.

"I think that arrogance suits them because they go about their business, they say what they want in the press and don't worry about things, they're head down and they're all about performance. That's come from the top.

"I'm betting they will win all four games. You can't deny the form they're in and what they've achieved. They seem to be a team on an upward curve.

"The number of injuries they have are frustrating and they're missing key guys like Maro Itoje and George Kruis, but they're still in a good place. They still have good leaders on the field. They have great guys coming in."

Elsewhere, Wales have called Ospreys' teen sensation Keelan Giles into their squad to replace Hallam Amos, who suffered a shoulder injury in Wales' 32-8 loss to Australia three days ago and now faces probable surgery.

Giles had been training alongside the squad as an additional player, and while the 18-year-old wing appears unlikely to feature against Principality Stadium visitors Argentina on Saturday, a Test debut looks inevitable sooner, rather than later.

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