England Rugby Union coach Eddie Jones has named his 34 man squad ahead of the upcoming autumn internationals with 4 uncapped players named!
As expected Dylan Hartley will captain the side after the he was found to have no case to answer after being cited for an incident at club level last weekend, there is also a place for Sale wing man Denny Solomona who has been recalled following being sent home from a summer training camp for disciplinary reasons.
Also included is Exeter back row Sam Simmonds who’s excellent club has been rewarded with his 1st call up, he is joined by Bath Hooker Tom Dunn, while both Harlequins 18 year old fly half Marcus Smith and Bath’s 20 year old back rower Zach Mercer are also included as ‘apprentice players’ to gain experience training at this level!
Possibly the biggest surprise in the squad is that experienced flanker James Haskell has been dropped along with another experienced forward Prop Joe Marler, who was this week handed a suspension that would see him miss the games against Argentina on 11th November and Australia the following weekend.
Although Haskell with his 75 caps is possibly the most high-profile absentee, Jones has also decided not to call on the services of Marland Yarde, Teimana Harrison and Tom Wood.
Along with tests against the Puma’s and the Wallabies, Eddie Jones men will also take on Samoa later in November
England squad in full:
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *, Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *, Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).