Autumn Internationals 2017: Eddie Jones trims squad for Australia

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has retained 25 players to prepare for England’s Old Mutual Wealth Series match against Australia at Twickenham Stadium (KO Saturday 3pm, Sky Sports)

Backs

Fullbacks
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Forwards

Back five
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby).

Front row
Dan Cole (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)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)

*Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) will remain in camp until Wednesday

How do you think the team will shape up for Saturday?

15 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2017: Eddie Jones trims squad for Australia

  1. Roko and Ewels to not make the final cut. Expect the 23 to go like this.

    Mako, Hartley, Cole, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes, Youngs, Ford, Farrell, Joseph, Daly, Watson, Brown.

    Marler, George, Williams, Launchbury, Simmonds, Care, Slade, May.

    May might get a start instead of Daly, but EJ rates Daly highly, and long range kicking option is useful to have for 80 mins.

      1. I’m assuming Roko is being retained in case Brown fails the return to play protocols

        From a player welfare point of view, I’m really quite shocked they’re even considering Brown. The guy landed on his head and was quite clearly knocked out! He’s had a history of concussions, surely this is dangerous even if he passes all the protocols…

        1. We don’t know that he was knocked out. He was stationary for a short period but that might have been him not wanting to move his neck. I didn’t see a clear shot of him looking unconscious.

  2. England must think Brown is going to be OK. I dont think he was unconscious, but his history does suggest great caution needs to be exercised.
    Kruis out of the squad altogether is a bit of a surprise. Ewels gets the nod over him, though its possible he wont make the final 23. Maybe there just to cover for one of the locks carrying a slight knock? Feel a bit for Genge and Lozowski who did nothing wrong but have to make way.

  3. As others have pointed out, surprised Brown isn’t being rested?
    Also surprised to see Lozowksi being dropped completely considering he could cover 10, centre and full back if required (and the best cameo off the bench last week!)

  4. Think Slade can feel grateful but Lozowski hard done by. Looks like EJ will go for a fairly conservative selection with JJ kept to manage the defensive line. Personally would like to see a back 3 of May, Watson and Daly with Roko on the bench but it does feel lightweight. I’m fairly sure we’d see Teo or Tuilagi at 13 if they were fit.

  5. Think brown must be pretty fit to play or don’t see why lowolski released;if he can play this weekend he will for the calm experience at back. Assuming kruis out as part of rest protocol and don’t see Ewels getting any game time, Itoje and Lawes for me with Launch on bench. Interesting with Slade and Farrell, wonder if Ford is a little nervous.. Personally think Faz, Slade and Joseph could be good

  6. I’m not surprised to see Kruis out of the squad, I’m just surprised Ewels is kept behind and not him if there are doubts over a lock. Itoje and Lawes need to be our starting locks at this point and Launchbury will offer more off the bench than a Kruis would. I don’t actually think we’ve seen the best of Kruis since the last AIs which is a bit of a shame, he didn’t come back firing from the injury that kept him out of the 6 nations.

    Got a feeling Marler might start this weekend to give Mako a semi-rest. I also can’t imagine Brown passing the return to play protocols.

    Marler, Hartley, Cole, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes, Youngs, Farrell, Daly, Slade, JJ, May, Watson
    George, Mako, Williams, Launchbury, Simmonds, Care, Ford, Roko

  7. I’m sure Eddie will revert to type and pick a Ford/Farrell combination and if he does I would really like to see Daly in the 13 shirt with Slade and JJ on the bench. May, Roko and Watson as the back three.

  8. Do we have enough games left between now and the RWC to persist with cole, robshaw, marler and brown? isn’t it time to give williams, genge, watson the priotity? Hartley for me is now has to be 2nd choice hooker… cole 2nd choice TH till the return of Sinckler then its all about Williams and Sinks… Robshaw out and let’s use Courtney at 6 creating space for another one of our world class locks to be on the park… time is ticking!

    1. Why would you drop the best TH we have and the best blindside we have? Surely having them playing at test level and nurturing replacements (Sinkler, WIlliams and then Curry/Mercer) underneath them is the most sensible option?

      Marler too, is a better LH right now than Genge. A Lions prop with tons of experience that will go to the WC?

      Can see the Brown logic as pretty much no one else has had a second at FB since Jones has taken over and Watson is clearly a ready made second option but the brashness with which people seem to want to discard our experienced players always baffles me.

      1. whilst it’s pure conjecture, i dont believe Marler & Cole are the best anymore, and Lions Test selection reflected that… Mako & Sinks gaining huge experience in their place… Marler & Cole have been loyal servants, however Cole’s penalties have always been expensive and Marler has a tendency to pick up suspensions… on form Lawes is the form 6 in the premiership not Robshaw (plus a lions tourist), and given his remarks about Yarde (correct or not) does he nurture, of does he block the way? Brown has been reliability personified, however in attack??? finally, in terms of world cup prep, i worry that we’re not developing a 3rd scrum half…

        1. Surely its about inter-changing/rotating players more often and fluidly like the ABs. As i’ve said before, now is the time for experimentation not 6 months before the WC. They are only AI’s and if you lose one now its better than during the WC.
          The ABs rotate players all the time effortlessly and seamlessly. They are doing so now (e.g. the Barbarians match)! Are the AI’s the time to experiment or the 6Ns or in 12 mths time? There is no perfect time!
          Whether its Sinkler or Genge or H. Williams or Mike Williams for that matter we need to see them before its too late.
          England don’t do the changes effortlessly (maybe because they’re over-coached or they can’t replicate the natural off the cuff play of the ABs) but that doesn’t mean you do nothing and stand still playing a Mako-Hartley-Cole front 3 match after match and Robshaw at 6 becos its safe! Eddie keeps on saying they’ve gotta get more used to being “uncomfortable” rather than the same old dish.

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