Freddie Steward to play crucial test against Australia as Eddie Jones defies welfare boundary | Sport

Eddie Jones has selected Freddie Steward for the crucial third Test between England and Australia, despite the fact that the full-back has already exceeded the agreed number of competition minutes set for players this season.

The 21-year-old is playing in his 32nd match in the campaign in Sydney on Saturday, making his 31st start. By starting last week’s second Test win in Brisbane, he surpassed the limit of 30 “match-equivalent” involvements – defined as the number of times a player plays in 80 minutes – a measure introduced to take care of their welfare.

Steward will appear alongside Danny Care and Ollie Chessum and Lewis Ludlam, who come in for the concussion Maro Itoje and Sam Underhill. RFU is convinced that Steward will not be

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