England’s Aviva Premiership clubs could block Eddie Jones’ bid to pick Ospreys teen star Sam Underhill for this summer’s tour to Australia and are likely to demand he leaves the Liberty Stadium if he wants to play for the Red Rose, reports the Telegraph.
The dynamic openside flanker has been pinpointed by Grand Slam winning coach Jones as the answer to England’s problem seven position and is being considered for the June trip down under, or the Saxons tour to South Africa.
Jones and his RFU bosses are ready to cite the “exceptional circumstances” clause in their selection policy, which would enable them to choose someone plying his club trade outside of England.
But it is reported the Premiership clubs are yet to be convinced the fact that Underhill is studying economics at university in Cardiff while playing for the Ospreys is enough of an exceptional case.
The Telegraph reports that at the very least, the clubs are likely to demand that Underhill gives an indication that his eventual future will be back in England.
Underhill, who captained England under-18s, joined the Ospreys last year from Gloucester while he continued his studies in Wales.
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