There are many selection dilemmas facing Eddie Jones as we close in on the Autumn Internationals which begins in just a couple of weeks time.
There are probably none bigger than the decision to be made at hooker. Up until now, Jones has opted to choose his captain, Dylan Hartley, as first choice hooker for England but you expect that it will become more difficult to ignore Jamie George.
George started all the games for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks in the summer and performed very well. He is also having an excellent season so far for Saracens and he currently is leading the charts for lineout accuracy in the Premiership. George has a 94.5% success rate from 165 throws.
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This kind of form has seen the 26-year-old rewarded with a new contract by his club which will keep him at Allianz Park until 2021.
George was delighted to put pen to paper on a new contract:
“It’s the club that I’ve grown up playing for, the club I’ve grown up supporting my whole life. To be signing here for the long-term and to have played here for a long time already is a huge honour.”
Director of Rugby Mark McCall was also pleased with securing one of his most important players for a couple of more seasons.
“We’re over the moon to secure Jamie’s long-term future. He is fast becoming a world class player in his position, and is a key figure for both club and country.
“Jamie is a real example for our younger players to follow. It’s well documented how patient he had to be earlier on in his career and both Jamie and Saracens have reaped the rewards from that.”
It’s fantastic news for both Saracens and England that George will be playing in the Premiership for another few years and with his current rate of progression, you can fully expect him to be the starting hooker for England in the not too distant future.