England Training Squad ahead of Autumn Internationals 2018

Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones has selected 36 players to assemble in Bristol for England’s latest training camp (Sunday 23 September until Tuesday 25 September).

Leicester Tigers’ centre Manu Tuilagi is named in the training squad for the first time in over a year having last played for England during the 2016 Six Nations.

Danny Care (Harlequins), George Kruis (Saracens), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) and Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) all return to the squad for the first time this season.

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks) is included having last played international rugby in 2014, while uncapped wing duo Nathan Earle (Harlequins) and Joe Cokanasiga (Bath) are also called up.

“The training camp in Bristol is our last opportunity to get the squad together before the Quilter Internationals so it is vital we put down some parameters, particularly with John Mitchell coming in as defence coach,” said Jones. “We’ll implement a slightly different defence philosophy.”

“We’ll implement a slightly different defence philosophy building on the great work Paul Gustard has done to keep advancing our defence. It’s a great opportunity for the players to work with John and for the team to keep evolving.

“It’s a chance to get the players thinking about England and the way we want to play for England and the way we want to beat South Africa. These players have the opportunity to press their chances for selection ahead of the first Test so they will have to be enthusiastic and ready to give their best.”

Ahead of the Quilter Internationals in November an England squad will be named on 18 October before they fly to Portugal on 24 October to begin their final preparations for the four-Test series.

England will play South Africa (3 November), New Zealand (10 November), Japan (17 November) and Australia (24 November) at Twickenham Stadium, 3pm kick off, live on Sky Sports HD.

Earlier this week, Mitchell was confirmed as England’s new defence coach until the end of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Scott Wisemantel will continue as attack coach for the Quilter Internationals.

England training squad

Forwards: (20) Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).

Backs: (16) Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Robson (Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

31 thoughts on “England Training Squad ahead of Autumn Internationals 2018

  1. The Gloucester invisibility cloak strikes again. Player moves to Glos and immediately becomes invisible to England selectors.
    Gutted for the players who have missed out but at least the Glos squad will be untouched for the international window.
    From an England point of view, at least Dan Robson has been picked.

  2. Cipriani the big omission. No place for Underhill, Haskell, Cole or Spencer.

    Worryingly no third hooker.

    Joseph and Watson obviously out injured.

  3. Odd that form rules out Cips (who has been exceptional) but seemingly doesnt factor in the selections of other players.
    These squads are now just irritating.
    There is little continuity, and the reasons for selection, or non-selection, are increasingly illogical. The lack of balance is again startling. Do we really need 8 back row players, and if we do, how on earth have Simmonds and Armand been left out?

    1. While I agree with you it would appear that big Don just isn’t EJ’s cup of darjeeling for some mysterious reason. I seem to remember Eddie telling the press that he wanted England to have a big and aggressive pack. Harry Williams apart we haven’t seen many selections of genuinely big gnarly lumps. I think Armand, Ewers, Attwood and Morgan can feel rightly aggrieved.

  4. The only saving grace here is that this is a training squad which means ,presumably that there may be additions and omissions before the autumn . If however, this is Mr Ed’s final selection then yes it is baffling and deeply troubling.

    1. Yes I guess that there is a chance that EJ has left DC out of the training squad as a slapped wrist for Jersey, but then he misses time getting to understand the new defensive structures. Just not sensible if that is the case.

      1. Agree. Cipriani had done his time for gargling in what Judge Judy has already described as a ‘minor incident’, yet the RFU & Jones seem set on self destruction in a key position by omitting DC. Jones, surely, has a real credibility problem now, especially with issues @ breakdown with a novice 7 & seemingly still, a de-skilled midfield. Is Slade really an international centre? Tuialagi? He’s as likely to punch out Ahston again in an attempt to make an impact. No, Jones NEEDS Cipriani more than he needs Jones, but the former just doesn’t get it. England seem to be saddled with a blockhead for a coach I’m afraid.

          1. Good points from Don – although I would say I beleive that Slade has the potential to be a world class (and seems to be on great form at the moment) if (and it’s a big if) he can iron out his problems with inconsistency

            1. Slade to me, thus far, has been an enormous disappointment for England.

              He just doesn’t seem to have been able to replicate his club form to the international stage. Obviously, it is a step up but thi sis the same for everyone.

              I really hope that he can bridge the gap.

            2. Pablito – I think that he can be international class, but I’m not so sure about world class. Isn’t at either level yet.

            3. You’ll Slade better than me Pablito, but he’ll need to (given the chance?) show his potential pronto. From what ltd TV time that’s I’ve had to view him in SA, he seemed okish. Sometimes footballers play better for their clubs as they better know the ropes & consistency there? Needs to know that he’s a 4 time starter in the AI’s I reckon. However with Jones, who knows?

  5. Just read that EJ stated that DC was only the third or fourth best English FH. Really! Not convinced that I am watching the same games as him.

    1. That is just bizarre. If there are three better ( and obviously we don’t know what EJ means by better) then why aren’t their respective clubs picking these earth bound rugby gods?

    2. This is clearly nonsense & is surely ‘believed’ (I can’t really believe that Jones believes his utterance, can I?) only by Jones himself. Is there anybody else out there in England who believes the contrary?

  6. WTF is this squad?

    Sure no Armand. Expected that despite it’s clear blindness to the man’s many attributes.

    But. No Cipriani. No Simmonds. No Underhill. No third hooker!!! Let alone the likes of Attwood, Morgan, Ewers

    EJ is losing it and selection like this, not to mention the somewhat questionable decision to emply Mitchell and his somewhat patchy record, just proves it.

    This is not a squad to turn round our recent woes

    1. Does anyone else get the impression that Eddie has so many players to choose from he just can’t make a choice and stick to it?
      As many have pointed out there is no third hooker despite Singleton and LCD having been in recent squads. Why not? Cipriani, what the hell is going on there? Underhill was the next big thing at o/s now he’s not selected. Mark Wilson gets the hokey cokey treatment (in then out, then in again). Ok , players are picked on form and rightly so and no one has a divine right to a squad place but we are a year out from the WC and at this stage in ’03 we could all name SCW’s starting xv in our sleep. If i try to do that with Eddie the only shoe ins seem to be Brown, Cole, Itoje, Faz, Robshaw and May.

        1. Who fills the number 3 shirt is becoming another cause for concern IMO. I imagine the venerable old king Cole is still first choice but with Ed you just can’t be certain. The inclusion of Schonert over say, Collier or even Brookes troubles me a bit. Eddie stated a while ago that he rated Collier as possibly the best scrumaging 3 England have.Where is he? damning players with faint praise seems to be another negative facet of Ed’s methodology.
          Sinckler came reasonably good in the last test in SA but I put that down to the european type conditions as much as his innate talent. For me he struggles to hold his own against really clever , aggressive l/hd’s . i can recall the days when we had three or four tight heads who could all step in and do a very good job. Ah, memories!

  7. Feel like the fans cannot be pleased. Who ever he picks there is someone else equally good challenging. Am I the only england fan who isn’t too concerned about last years six nations and the SA tour? I feel like post world cup the standard was set too high and anything other than grand slams is unacceptable. Yes England has a ridiculous player pool but he has a core of players that we know are very capable, also feel England have had a very hard time at the breakdown internationally as the premiership is without a doubt referreed more strictly in terms of the ruck

    1. James, I take your points but at the end of the day Eddie gets paid for the ability to identify and select the players he believes to have the best chance of winning the WC. End of. What concerns a lot of fans is the constant tinkering and in and out selection process which is usually a good indicator of confusion and an inability to either stick or twist. We are too near to the WC for indecision over seemingly so many players and positions. eddie would generate far less concern if he gave the impression of having a nailed on first xv and reps in his head. At the moment the opposite seems to be the case.

    2. It’s not just so much about whom Jones picks, but his team have the same issues as Lancaster’s @ breakdown & midfield. And shouldn’t EJ coach them to play to the whistle @ breakdown? I’m not sure what evidence there is to back yr view that the Prem is reffed more strictly than Internationals. Don’t refs do both? Also, EJ’s ommission of Cipriani, by all accounts the form fly1/2 in the country, must be worrying. Anyway, if you’re unconcerned about England’s selections, or their 6 losses on the bounce after a run of 20 something wins, you must be the most relaxed Englishman here!


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