Eddie Jones has announced his latest 33-man England squad for the three-day Oxford training camp. Despite suggesting he will rest many of those involved in this summer’s British and Irish Lions tour, at this point Jones’ only high-profile omissions are James Haskell, Kyle Sinckler, George Kruis and Jonathan Joseph.
Uncapped players included in the squad are Quins’ prodigious flyhalf Marcus Smith and Bath hooker Tom Dunn.
Bath openside Sam Underhill and Sale’s Tom Curry makes the cut, but his brother Ben is omitted, while Saracen’s Nick Isiekwe and Bath’s Charlie Ewels has been preferred to Kruis at second row.
Despite his good form in Argentina, Mark Wilson is left out, and with Chris Robshaw the only recognised blindside in the group, this hints at Courtney Lawes or Maro Itoje being considered there in November.
In the backs, perhaps surprisingly, Jones’ quartet of ball playing flyhalf/centres Piers Francis, Alex Lozowski, Henry Slade and Owen Farrell are all included, and despite Joseph being left out there is no call-up for Joe Marchant. Meanwhile, Marland Yarde has earned a recall in recognition of his good early form, ahead of Semesa Rokoduguni and Denny Solomona.
‘This camp in Oxford is a really positive opportunity for the group to come back together and sharpen our focus and preparation ahead of our first match against Argentina,’ said Jones.
‘This is our most important game this year and we want the players to come away from camp having trained well with a clear plan of how we want to play and win against the Pumas.’
The Old Mutual Wealth Series will see England play Argentina on 11 November, Australia on 18 November and Samoa on 25 November.
England training squad:
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
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