England coach as named two one uncapped player and two who only made their debut on Sunday in his 31 man squad for next month’s World Cup in Japan.
With the three new face’s one of the biggest omissions is British and Irish lions centre Ben Te’o who has reportedly been dropped for an incident during the teams recent training camp in Italy with utility back Piers Francis believed to have taken his place.
The inexperienced duo of Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam and Gloucester scrum half Willie Heinz both made their England debuts in the win over Wales, while former England sevens star Bath winger Ruaridh McConnochie was named in the side to play Wales but was forced to withdraw due to a slight foot injury.
With the World Cup running from 20th September to the 2nd November, the squads only have to be offically named by the 8th September deadline, however England head coach has explained why he decided to name his side so early!
“We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns,” he said.
“We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup.”
Along with the absence of Te’o who is believed to have been the aggressor in an altercation with fellow team mate Mike Brown, another glaring obvious omission is that of New Zealand born flanker Brad Shields. Having been fast tracked into the national side for last summers tour to South Africa many believed Shields was a certainty for a place in the squad despite currently being side lined with a foot injury.
while a host of other far more experienced players have also missed out as two former captains Dylan Hartley (knee) and Chris Robshaw join Mike Brown, Nathan Hughes, Danny Care and last seasons premiership player and players player of the year Danny Cipriani.
Although he didn’t go into individual reasons for their absences Jone’s did say;
“A lot of good players have missed out. We feel for them. I feel for them personally.”
“But the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves, and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready.”
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, 12), Tom Curry (Sale, 11), Ellis Genge (Leicester, 10), Jamie George (Saracens, 37), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27), George Kruis (Saracens, 32), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 72), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton, 1), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22), Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1), Sam Underhill (Bath, 9), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale, 13).
Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath, 5), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56), Piers Francis (Northampton, 5), Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 1), Jonathan Joseph (Bath, 41), Jonny May (Leicester, 45), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter, 33), Henry Slade (Exeter, 22), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester, 33), Anthony Watson (Bath, 34), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 86).
• Clubs and number of caps are in the brackets