London - Sam
Jones has suffered a setback in his bid to become England's openside
for their forthcoming internationals after being sidelined with an ankle
Wasps back-rower Jones was a contender to replace the injured James
Haskell for the four Tests at Twickenham, but the uncapped 24-year-old
sustained the injury in training on Tuesday and has to return to his
"Jones will undergo further examinations to diagnose the full extent of the injury," a Rugby Football Union statement read.
Jones had been included in England's training squad for a three-day
camp in Brighton and was one of two uncapped options to start at
openside against South Africa on November 12, along with Leicester's
A third back-row combination would see Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw
line-up either side of Billy Vunipola in a repeat of the trio that
finished the final Tests against Australia in June.
But England's options may now have been reduced after Jones hurt his
ankle in the final training camp before head coach Eddie Jones names his
squad for the Tests later this month.
"At seven we're looking for a destructive defensive player, not your
traditional seven player because at the moment we don't have that in
England," Jones said on Friday.
"We went down the route of trying to find that but it wasn't
successful, so we're looking for a more of a destructive player like a
Haskell. So Sam Jones and Mike Williams also come into that category."