A knee injury to Wasps lock forward Nathan Hughes means Exeter forward Sam Simmonds could be set for his first start in an England shirt as they prepare for Saturdays test against Samoa.
After last week’s record breaking win over Australia, Simmonds isn’t the only change to the squad for Saturdays game as Head Coach Eddie Jones has rung the chances, using this as a chance to see other players preform at the elite level.
Other notable players left out of the squad for this week’s game are backs Anthony Watson, who has been replaced by Mike Brown who has recovered from Concussion, while Alex Lozowski is poised for a recall at centre in place of Jonathan Joseph. Prop forward Ellis Genge could also feature as Jones is thought to be considering resting Lions front rower Mako Vunipola.
One person who won’t be rested is world player of the year nominee Maro Itoje, who missed the first game of the Autumn series, but came of the bench against Australia to play a massive part in helping England to that historic win. He is expected to form a starting partnership with Chris Robshaw and Simmonds in the back row.
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Forwards: Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).
Players released back to their clubs: Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps). Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby).