England name 42-man squad for tour to South Africa

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named his 42-man squad for this summer’s tour to South Africa. England will play Test matches in Durban (June 9th), Johannesburg (June 16th) and Port Elizabeth (June 23rd), with midweek matches against a SA Barbarians South XV in Kimberley (June 13th) and a SA Barbarians North XV in Potchefstroom (June 19th).

New faces in the squad include Christian Wade, Carl Fearns, Joe Launchbury, George Lowe, George Robson, Joe Gray and Tom Youngs all brought into the side, whilst there have been recalls for Danny Care, Ugo Monye and James Haskell.

Forwards (23)

Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby), Joe Gray (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Otago Highlanders), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Mears (Bath Rugby), Ben Morgan (Scarlets), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins), George Robson (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (19)

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), George Lowe (Harlequins), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), David Strettle (Saracens), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Not considered due to injury or suspension: Chris Brooker (knee),Stuart Hooper (arm), Calum Clark (suspended), Tom Croft (neck), Louis Deacon (hamstring), Courtney Lawes (shin), Charlie Sharples (shoulder ), Joe Simpson (shoulder), Henry Thomas (knee), Rob Webber (shoulder), David Wilson (wrist), Tom Wood (toe), Nick Wood (chest).

19 thoughts on “England name 42-man squad for tour to South Africa

  1. Looks like a pretty decent squad, and I’m pleased to see players like Joe Launchbury and Tom Johnson in the mix, and The Hask is back!

    It’s such a long list that I’m struggling to see who’s missing! Andy Saull not there, any other absentees?

  2. First point. No Steffon Armitage. Not quite sure why as he has been playing phenomenally well for Toulon.

    Glad to see Danny Care back. Yeah he’s been a muppet in the past but his form is brilliant. I’m very much looking forward to this “mini-Lions” style tour now!

    As a side note, although George Ford hasn’t been named, do you think he might turn out against the Barbarians? Lancaster said in the official press release that he would try other players in that fixture.

    1. Steffon can’t tour/train because the Top 14 doesn’t finish until June 9th. In fact, the final is on the same day as England’s 1st Test.

        1. Let’s hope so! The bloke has been absolutely awesome every time I’ve seen him in Toulon games.

          1. According to an snippet i just read on BBC Sport it would seem Steffon wanted to be considered for the summer tests. I feel like if he’s not picked now he’ll miss out entirely, you’d kind of have to base the rest of the back-row around him being the fetcher/very loose forward. It’s a shame considering he’s just been voted the best player in one of the best leagues in the world!

  3. Good strong line up. Not a big fan of matt Stevens, seems to be a bit weak in the scrum at international level. So glad to see Haskell back, did well in 2011 six nations and has been doin well at highlanders. Glad to have the big guy back in an England jersey!!

    1. I think Haskell could be a good option at 7, with Robshaw at 6 and has been playing openside for the Highlanders. He’ll know the way the SH back rows operate as well which should help.

  4. so how did Lancaster get around the no foreign based player rule for Haskell? because he will eventually return to wasps???

    looking forward to some good games, real test of progress for England against up for it SA.

  5. Would rather have Rob Miller than Goode. I would have liked them to bring Armitage out when he’s done with Top 14, even just to integrate him again, as his Toulon performances I have watched have been the standout club performances by any England 7. It is however a much better pool of players than the selection for last years RWC training camp in my opinion.

  6. Good to see Anthony Allen reward for his consistently good performances and Wade has got some serious wheels. Pace frightens everybody.

    Pity there was no place for Nick Wood. Has had a great season.

    1. Agree on the Wade front. Anybody who hasn’t seen his performance at the U20s World Cup should watch the below.


      He is a talent and (whisper it quietly) could well be our next Jason Robinson. He just looks like he’s always playing Sevens, the way he manages to find space with what looks like very little effort.

  7. Not a Fan of Care,and where is a genuine 7? Presumably we will get to see a more balanced centre pairing at some point,say Allen or Joseph with Tuilagi.Or perhaps not?

    1. Who would you have instead of Care? He is the form scrum-half in England at the moment. It would be silly not to take him

      As for a 7, well we don’t currently have one of international level standard. What can you do?

      Would love to see Joseph and tuilagi play together

  8. Pretty surprised Jonny May, Matt Kvesic and Billy Twelvetrees are all missing from the touring squad.

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  9. Is Kvesic fit? He’s shaping up as a solid 7 and could benefit from the experience.Armitage could join later in the tournament-it’s silly to completely overlook him given his form.Care can shine,but I’m not convinced by him overall.His pass isn’t great,he ‘crabs’ before releasing it and after all that still takes the wrong option too often.Add to that his potential for disruptive behaviour…we shall see.As for Tuilagi and Joseph I agree,they could prove to be well balanced and potent.Hope they are given a shot.

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