Rugby-England coach Jones freshens again for November internationals


FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - England Training - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - July 7, 2021 England head coach Eddie Jones during training REUTERS/David Klein

LONDON (Reuters) -England coach Eddie Jones has included four uncapped players and another eight who made their debuts in the summer in his 34-man squad for the November internationals at Twickenham against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

Hooker Nic Dolly has been called up in recognition of his displays in Leicester's flying start to the Premiership season, while Northampton fullback Tommy Freeman is another new face in the squad announced on Monday.

Centre Mark Atkinson and scrumhalf Raffi Quirke, who joined up with the squad last month for a short training camp, are the other uncapped pair.

Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick, Trevor Davison, Alex Dombrandt, Adam Radwan, Harry Randall, Marcus Smith and Freddie Steward, who made their debuts in the matches against Canada and the United States, were also included.

There was no recall, though, for some of the big names that Jones omitted from his initial training squad, despite impressive recent displays for Saracens by Mako and Billy Vunipola, Ben Earl and Jamie George.

Leicester flyhalf George Ford is also out, seemingly clearing the way for Marcus Smith to be given the opportunity to nail down the number 10 shirt.

Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Ollie Lawrence, Joe Marchant, Lewis Ludlow and Beno Obano were also left out, as was Louis Lynagh, son of Australia's World Cup-winner Michael, who has been sent away to work on "aspects of his game," Jones said.

Although Jones again claimed the "door is always open", and that he was pleased with how the experienced payers he dropped have responded, he also said: "We've drawn a line in the sand after the Lions series and we're looking to produce a younger squad to get ready for the (2023) World Cup (in France).

"At the moment we're running with this young but very good squad. What we've done is add some youth and enthusiasm. It's an opportunity for the squad to keep getting better."

On the call up for Freeman and Dolly, Jones said: "I've been impressed by both of those guys.

"Freeman over two seasons. He's a big, strong, strapping lad. He's got good pace, a good feel for the game. He can play fullback or wing.

"Dolly's just come into the Premiership this year. He's an industrious player who has been very impressive for Leicester and we feel like he can make the jump to Test rugby."

Jones confirmed that Owen Farrell would remain captain "because he's the best man for the job."

England, who finished a sobering fifth in last season's Six Nations, start against Tonga on Nov. 6 before seeking an eighth successive victory over Australia on Nov. 13.

They then play South Africa on Nov. 20 in the teams' first meeting since the Springboks triumphed in the 2019 World Cup final.

England squad

Forwards:

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)

Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 33 caps)

Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)

Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)

Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 1 cap)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 48 caps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 87 caps)

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps)

George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)

Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)

Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

Backs:

Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)

Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)

Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 66 caps)

Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, uncapped)

Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)

Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)

Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps)

Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)

Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 43 caps)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Christian Radnedge and Ken Ferris)

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