Autumn Internationals 2018: England Squad to Play Japan

Maro Itoje

Eddie Jones has selected 30 players to begin training today ahead of England’s third Test of the Quilter Internationals against Japan at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm live on Sky Sports HD).

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)
Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors)
Brad Shields (Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

How would you like to see England line up on Saturday? Should Jones stick to the same line-up, or use the opportunity for further experimentation?

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8 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2018: England Squad to Play Japan

  1. I would want to see a largely strongest possible XV but perhaps with one or two newer players thrown in (either from the start or off the bench) to see what they can offer in various positions. With that in mind, perhaps something like:

    Daly; Ashton, Slade, Tuilagi, Nowell; Farrell, Youngs; Mercer, Underhill, Wilson; Itoje, Lawes; Sinckler, George, Moon

    Subs: Hartley, Hepburn, Williams, Ewels, Shields, Care, Lozowski, Cokanasiga

    Gives players in newer positions or new combinations (Daly at FB, Youngs & Farrell half backs) another opportunity to bed in and allows Mercer to show what he can do from the start (and Cokanasiga from the bench). Not to mention giving Underhill, Wilson and probably Ashton a chance to continue enhancing their growing reputations.

    1. Great reasoning and would be exactly the team I would select!

      Only temptation might be to rest Itoje and give Ewels a start.

    2. Like the look of this, and the reasoning.

      Tempting to rest Itoje, but value the consistency more. Ewels can come on at half time.

      Only change would be Schonert on the bench. Assuming these are our three first choose TH, they all need more game time, but Williams looks the most consistent, and comfortable with his game at the moment. He looks for England like he does for Exeter, really solid in loose and tight, though no real standouts such as Sink’s loose play. Sinkler needs consistency to stake his claim as one of the best NH THs, and Schonert needs game time more desperately than Williams.

  2. I’d go with Moon, George, Williams, Ewels, Lawes, Wilson, Underhill, Mercer, Youngs, Ford, Cokanasiga, Te’o, Slade, Ashton, Daly
    Bench Hepburn, Schonert, Hartley, Stooke, Shields, Care, Lozowski, Tuilagi

    Sinckler, Itoje, Farrell can take a break.
    I want a look at Schonert as he’s looking like he’s out 3rd choice TH.
    George needs to start a test in England, as does Williams.
    Mercer is due a start. 5 changes up front is a lot but none of these are new players having all featured so far.
    I want to see how our attack functions with Ford at 10. This is a perfect test for Tuilagi to make a comeback, but i’d start him on the bench allowing Te’o and Slade a bit more game time together.
    If not now, then when for Cokanasiga? Get him in from the start and lets see what he can bring to the team.

  3. Schoenert needs a game or two to see if he can be our third or even second, choice 3.
    Bearing in mind we have the wallabies next up , i’d ring the changes in the pack after two very physical games. my pack would be : Schonert , Hartley, Hepburn, Underhill,Mercer,Shields, Itoje, Ewels. Daly, Slade, Farrell, Nowell,Ashton,Care,Ford. Bench: Cokanasiga,Lozowski,Teo,Youngs, Williams,Moon, Lawes.

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