England Saxons announce team to start vs Irish Wolfhounds

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The England Saxons have named their side to face the Irish Wolfhounds at Galway on Friday night (KO 7.35pm). Five players are set to make their debuts: Elliot Daly, Joel Tomkins, George Ford, George Kruis, and Will Fraser. Jordan Crane will captain the side, as one of six full internationals in the team.

England Saxons to play Irish Wolfhounds:

15: Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
14: Christian Wade (London Wasps)
13: Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
12: Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
11: Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
10: George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
9: Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

1: Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)
2: Joe Gray (Harlequins)
3: Paul Doran-Jones (Northampton Saints)
4: Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
5: George Robson (Harlequins)
6: George Kruis (Saracens)
7: Will Fraser (Saracens)
8: Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)

16: Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)
17: Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
18: Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
19: Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
20: Jamie Gibson (London Irish)
21: Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
22: George Lowe (Harlequins)
23: Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

24 thoughts on “England Saxons announce team to start vs Irish Wolfhounds

  1. Where’s Anthony Allen, is he injured? Can’t believe it can’t even make the Saxons 23…..personally I think he should be starting for the full team!

  2. “England Saxons … Irish Wolfhounds” – they really have to stop all of this silly naming. It sounds like WWF or a cheap porn movie.

        1. That’s just because the Scottish Thistle’s sounds like a bunch of weeds………..I like the names. The Lions have been around a long time, I am not too much of a sentimentalist about rugby, but is has always been part of the tradition. Just like the Six Nations being played in February. Some say play it in better weather, I always like the Six Nations as it is a sign of the end of winter. It’s a silly thing, but anything to lift the gloom of January.

  3. I’ve got to say that this is a cracking looking line up. Some very talented young players here, and some experienced heads in there as well with Crane & Wigglesworth in the team. Shame that Billy V got injured, because it would have been great to see him playing. This is the perfect platform for players like Wade, Tomkins, and Ford to show how to move the ball around in the backline. Should be a cracking game.

    1. Strong enough looking Ireland team too, it should be a really good game. It is being broadcast live on Irish television. It should therefore be broadcast on the their website (www.rte,ie), they have a live and recorded player function on their website

  4. Very exciting lineup. Not sure if we are lacking a couple of wise heads in the team, but an excellent opportunity for some of these players to put their hands up for England selection.

    Well done Ed, I like the rte heads up. Thank you.

    Regarding the names, I think Dazza has opened up a whole can of worms so will move swiftly on. It’s just part of the game now like it or lump it. Not just rugby – look at all of the counties in cricket. An attempt to help marketing, and to be fair, A team games probably need all the help they can get. Wonder what the attendance will be?

  5. Names aside (which are dire – why do marketing depts always think that giving teams US-style names helps in any way whatsoever?), that England A team looks good.

    I like the idea of JTH and Tomkins playing together. Pretty fast back three, great second row and strong back row.

    My only complaint would be that Wigglesworth is the past, would much rather see Simpson starting

    Should be interesting – does anyone know what the Irish team will be?

    1. I think maybe Wiggy is in to start on experience, and because of his kicking option. He has a fantastic left foot. Great for touch finders on right hand side of the field.

  6. Just seen the Irish squad. Some experienced big name players in the mix. Experience and home advantage probably favours an Irish win, but should be a good game!

    1. Just seen it myself – pretty strong squad! would be a good win if England can best this lot

      Michael Bent
      Isaac Boss
      Darren Cave
      James Coughlan
      Tom Court
      Luke Fitzgerald
      Declan Fitzpatrick
      Iain Henderson
      Robbie Henshaw
      Paddy Jackson
      Ian Keatley
      David Kilcoyne
      Ian Madigan
      Paul Marshall
      Kevin McLaughlin
      David McSharry
      Tommy O’Donnell
      Rhys Ruddock
      Mike Sherry
      Lewis Stevenson
      Devin Toner
      Andrew Trimble
      Damien Varley

    1. Rte2 – Ireland only, Sky are doing all the other Saxons matches afaik though.

      Find out how to use proxies, then use the Rte live stream.

  7. England Saxons is not an “A” team. It is a development team, as opposed to a would be “second” team.
    Hence why players like Varndell are not in there, they have already got all they are ever going to get from being in that environment.
    And why you have players like Wigglesworth and Crane in there, so that the other players can learn from people who have been in that environment before.

  8. pretty decent looking team, and the wolfhounds look good too. should be a cracking match!

    interesting to see that Callard obviously felt a few players should have been in over some that were selected, the likes of Gibson come in as injury cover, makes it into the squad and Dowson is left out…

    i was a bit surprised that Jonny May missed out entirely, but then again i can see why all those who were selected are there.

    very exciting team, and i am hoping i can watch it somewhere! thanks to Ed for telling us where to find it!

    it should be comforting to ford that he has two other goal kickers in wiggy and daly if he has an off day with the boot. i think that is something that the full england team lack, multiple goal kickers who dont play 10. (i guess goode and 12Ts can now). I always like more than one kicker, because if your 10 is playing his socks off, but missing kicks, you dont want to haul him off.

    1. It could just be that there’s only so much Dowson is going to get out of playing for the Saxons, but it’s useful to have him in the squad so he can be available for senior squad sessions throughout the year.

      1. exactly Tom, but as i say, interesting that they deem it “useful” enough for a guy like wigglesworth. what i was getting at is that clearly callard feels even some of the EPS “back-ups” in the Saxons are a bit too old for Saxons duty, and he wants to bring through the next generation. I think that this is good for english rugby, and should be what the Saxons is used for.

        fortunately it seems that the RFU have found a loop hole which means that they can pick an initial EPS and saxons, then add to it (notice players are often added, yet no one leaves the squads) which allows them to have an even greater pool to choose from. This means that what callard has done is not only bring someone like gibson in to be developed further (and he is now eligible for EPS) but also keeping Dowson available to EPS selection as well. very clever and clearly the lawyers are working for their money ;)

  9. Annoyingly the rte player is not showing the match, and the live feed from their website does not work on the ipad, ggggrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!

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