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Eddie Jones happy for Ellis Genge to stay "on the wrong side of the tracks"

Eddie Jones happy for Ellis Genge to stay
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Eddie Jones has named a youth-packed provisional training squad containing 21 uncapped players.

Eddie Jones wants Ellis Genge to stay the wrong side of the tracks while viewing the firebrand prop as a candidate for a leadership role with England.

Jones has named a youth-packed provisional training squad containing 21 uncapped players as preparations begin for a summer series consisting of an 'A' international against Scotland 'A' and Tests against the USA and Canada.

Genge's 28 caps make him the most experienced among the 34 who will gather at The Lensbury on Monday and with England in search of a new captain in the absence of their seasoned campaigners, the 26-year-old has been identified as a contender.

Ellis Genge has been in outstanding form for Leicester
Ellis Genge has been in outstanding form for Leicester (Tim Goode/PA)

Coming from the tough Knowle West district of Bristol, the combative loosehead prop has forged an unconventional path into the Test arena to become a role model for aspiring players from working-class backgrounds.

And to Jones' satisfaction, since being overlooked for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa he has produced a series of forceful displays including in Leicester's highly-charged defeat by Bristol last weekend.

"Ellis will tell you that he is from the wrong side of the tracks and we're quite happy for him to stay on the wrong side of them," Jones said.

"But what he will also tell you is the power of learning self-discipline and that to be a hard-running prop like he is, he needs not just to satisfy his needs, but also to know what the team needs.

"I thought the way he handled that Bristol situation was absolutely outstanding. It was his old club and he put his side in a position to win the game.

"And whether, rightly or wrongly, it was taken away from him, he handled it wonderfully.

"Can he take a formal leadership role? There's no reason why he can't, whether that's in the future, or now."

With Owen Farrell touring with the Lions and George Ford rested for the summer, Jones will appoint a captain who will be able to relate to such a young squad.

"We have got a Generation Z that think and feel and they want to be empowered and have their say, so the role of the captain has got to be to meet the demands of his players," Jones said.

"And for this tour we are going to make sure that we have the right leadership team or group in place. We have some ideas but we'll have to flesh them out when the players come in."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

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