November 10, 2017 17:33 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

England rugby stars grilled by Apprentice's Claude Littner

England rugby stars grilled by Apprentice's Claude Littner

Ahead of their challenge on the field this weekend, England stars Joe Launchbury, Danny Care and Alex Lozowski had their mettle tested off it —in the boardroom.

England welcome Argentina to Twickenham on Saturday in the first of their three autumn series fixtures.

Eddie Jones has been putting his side through their paces as they ramp up preparations for the upcoming clashes with the Pumas, Australia and Samoa.

But ahead of their challenges on the field, England stars Joe Launchbury, Danny Care and Alex Lozowski had their mettle tested in the boardroom.

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England rugby stars were grilled by Lord Sugar's fearsome aide Claude Littner

England rugby stars were grilled by Lord Sugar's fearsome aide Claude Littner

Danny Care (Right) was one of three England players to go toe-to-toe with the businessmen

Danny Care (Right) was one of three England players to go toe-to-toe with the businessmen

Littner, known for gruelling interview technique, pulled apart at their perceived shortcomings

Littner, known for gruelling interview technique, pulled apart at their perceived shortcomings

Claude Littner, a fierce examiner of credentials and Lord Sugar's trusted aide on BBC show The Apprentice, sat down to grill the players.

In a tongue-in-cheek promotional video by Canterbury, Littner picks at each of the players' perceived shortcomings in an attempt to break them down — a play on the RFU's 'individually strong, unbreakable as one' campaign.

Rookie Lozowski steps up to the oche first, before the business tycoon remarks on the Saracens back's nervous 'trembling' at the meeting.

'I see that you've played full-back, fly-half and centre,' Littner begins. 'Is that because you don't know what position you're any good at?'

Littner first took aim at rookie Alex Lozowski, questioning whether he knows his best position

Littner first took aim at rookie Alex Lozowski, questioning whether he knows his best position

The Saracens centre was taken aback at first, before explaining his skills were interchangeable

The Saracens centre was taken aback at first, before explaining his skills were interchangeable

It was Joe Launchbury's turn next as Littner asked whether rugby had taken his eye off the ball

It was Joe Launchbury's turn next as Littner asked whether rugby had taken his eye off the ball

'Maybe, yeah,' Lozowski replies before spilling out that his skills in each position are interchangeable. 

Next, in a comical back-and-forth between Littner and the towering 6ft 6ins Launchbury, Sugar's aide questions whether rugby has taken a step back in the lock's life since he married his partner Mallory this summer.

The Wasps forward says, through gritted teeth, that both rugby and his love life go hand-in-hand after he is expertly quizzed by the 68-year-old. 

Littner then took aim at Care, who, despite having a long-running battle with Ben Youngs for England's No 9 jersey, is just four caps away from usurping Matt Dawson's record of being the most-capped England scrum-half.

'You are the second-most capped scrum half behind Matt Dawson,' Littner begins. 'So how does it feel to not be No 1?'

Care was forced to concede, tongue-in-cheek, that he is not the player Matt Dawson was

Care was forced to concede, tongue-in-cheek, that he is not the player Matt Dawson was

Care, who has 73 Test appearances under his belt, grins before replying: 'I'm not that far off him, so hopefully, touch wood, it would be great to get over that (77 cap-mark).'

'But you're not the player he is, are you?,' Littner pries. 'No,' Care eventually concedes.

All tension is finally relieved, however, when Littner dons a huge grin before shaking the trio's hands and wishing them luck for the upcoming Tests. 

Care, Launchbury and Lozowski will take their place on the bench against Argentina on Saturday, but all three are likely to feature at some point.

The huge tension in the room was finally relieved when they shook hands and were wished well

The huge tension in the room was finally relieved when they shook hands and were wished well

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