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Ben Earl talks about the World Cup competition and Steve Borthwick’s direct approach, praising the magic of their back-row lineup.

Ben Earl has revealed that Steve Borthwick’s personal touch when delivering news to his players has been appreciated by the squad as the Saracens flanker looks to nail down his place in England’s World Cup plans.

Four years ago under Eddie Jones, players who didn’t make the cut for the 2019 World Cup learnt of their fate via WhatsApp but the anxious wait for a notification has been replaced by a more direct approach by the current England boss.

Ben Earl talks about the World Cup competition and Steve Borthwick’s direct approach, praising the magic of their back-row lineup.

Earl has already seen two of his back-row colleagues released by Borthwick with Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer both departing camp thus far but with Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Pearson, Jack and Tom Willis and the returning Billy Vunipola all in the mix, there is no time for the 25-year-old to rest on his laurels ahead of the squad announcement on August 7th.

“With Steve, it has been very much personal and that has been great,” said Earl. “I know a lot of players have enjoyed that side of it and not having to stay up late at night waiting to be added to a WhatsApp group, which I know a few people have experienced. That has been a really nice change. Obviously, we are all dying to be involved but if it’s not your day, it’s not your day and then you have got to crack on.”

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