Six Nations: Eddie Jones keeps his counsel on Cameron Redpath’s Scotland switch

Eddie Jones is never usually short of something to say but the England coach has refused to be drawn on Cameron Redpath’s decision to play for Scotland.

Cameron Redpath trains with Scotland at Oriam in Edinburgh. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS
Cameron Redpath trains with Scotland at Oriam in Edinburgh. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Jones had previously included the inside centre in his squad to tour South Africa in 2018 only for the player to withdraw with a knee injury.

Redpath is dual qualified and although he played for England at under-20 level he looks set to win his first full cap with Scotland after being named in Gregor Townsend’s Six Nations squad.

Asked about Redpath’s decision, Jones said: “I don’t comment on other teams’ selection policies. I’ve got enough problems of my own without worrying about other countries.

Jamie Ritchie has been taking part in some parts of Scotland training. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

“I’m only interested in players who are available for England. If he’s selected for Scotland, he’s not available for England.”

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Redpath joined the Scotland training camp at Oriam this week and Townsend reported that most of the squad were in good health although a concern remains around flanker Jamie Ritchie who suffered a head knock in training with Edinburgh a fortnight ago.

Scotland kick off their Guinness Six Nations campaign against England at Twickenham on February 6 and Townsend said: “We are confident enough that he is making progress. He feels much better about where he is,” said Townsend. “He ran yesterday and had no reaction, did skill work today and has been involved a lot of the sessions.

“We are 10 days away from the game. By the weekend we should be in a much better position to see if he can play in that game.”

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