Six débutants avec l'Angleterre pour la tournée au Japon et en Nouvelle-Zélande

Par Josh Raisey
LONDRES, ANGLETERRE - 08 JUIN : Ollie Sleightholme des Northampton Saints au centre alors qu'il est sous la pression de Matt Gallagher de Bath Rugby lors de la finale du Gallagher Premiership Rugby entre les Northampton Saints et Bath Rugby au stade de Twickenham le 08 juin 2024 à Londres, en Angleterre. (Photo par David Rogers/Getty Images)

Le sélectionneur de l’Angleterre, Steve Borthwick, a appelé six débutants dans son groupe de 36 joueurs pour la tournée au Japon et en Nouvelle-Zélande parmi lesquels le meilleur marqueur d’essais du Gallagher Premiership, l’ailier des Northampton Saints Ollie Sleightholme.

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Les cinq autres débutants dans le groupe sont les trois-quarts des Sale Sharks Joe Carpenter et Tom Roebuck, le pilier gauche des Harlequins Fin Baxter et son partenaire le trois-quarts centre Luke Northmore, sans oublier le talonneur des Bristol Bears Gabriel Oghre.

L’Angleterre affrontera le Japon à Tokyo le 22 juin – match qui sera retransmis en direct et gratuitement sur RugbyPass TV avant de se rendre en Nouvelle-Zélande pour une série de deux matchs contre les All Blacks en juillet.

L’équipe a été renforcée par l’arrivée de joueurs en provenance de Northampton et de Bath à la suite de la finale de Premiership de samedi, où les Saints ont triomphé. Parmi les 20 avants sélectionnés par Borthwick, seul le deuxième-ligne Alex Coles provient des Saints. Northampton contribue en revanche avec six joueurs dans le groupe des 16 arrières : Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Alex Mitchell, Ollie Sleightholme et Fin Smith.

Trois avants de Bath se sont joints au groupe de préparation suite à leur impressionnante performance défensive à Twickenham : le deuxième-ligne Charlie Ewels, le pilier Will Stuart et le troisième-ligne Sam Underhill. Le demi de mêlée Ben Spencer et le centre Ollie Lawrence sont les deux nouvelles recrues à l’arrière.

Cette annonce survient après la confirmation que le demi d’ouverture George Ford sera absent de la tournée en raison d’une blessure persistante au talon d’Achille.

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« Les Summer Series représentent une opportunité précieuse pour le développement progressif de cette équipe et constituent un défi exigeant pour conclure la saison », a déclaré le sélectionneur Steve Borthwick.

« Pour certains des plus jeunes joueurs, ce sera leur première expérience de tournée à l’étranger avec l’Angleterre. Voyager ensemble est un excellent moyen de renforcer la cohésion et offre aux nouveaux joueurs une opportunité cruciale de s’intégrer dans notre équipe.

« Avec les changements de climat, les conditions de jeu et les styles de rugby contrastés des deux adversaires que nous affronterons, nous serons mis au défi sur et en dehors du terrain.

« Le Stade national de Tokyo est un endroit formidable pour le rugby international, et nous devrons être au sommet de notre forme contre une équipe japonaise qui privilégiera un jeu rapide.

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« Les résultats de la Nouvelle-Zélande à domicile sont bien connus, et nous affrontons une équipe qui est passée à un point de remporter la Coupe du monde.

« Historiquement, ce n’est pas un terrain où l’Angleterre a souvent remporté la victoire, mais nous sommes résolus à changer cette tendance. Les joueurs sont conscients qu’ils devront faire preuve de force mentale et de tactique intelligente pour atteindre le résultat que nous visons. »

Le groupe de l’Angleterre pour la tournée au Japon et en Nouvelle-Zélande

Avants

  • Fin Baxter (Harlequins, non capé)
  • Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 112 capes)
  • Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 5 capes)
  • Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, 4 capes)
  • Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, 5 capes)
  • Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 50 capes)
  • Theo Dan (Saracens, 12 capes)
  • Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 17 capes)
  • Ben Earl (Saracens, 30 capes)
  • Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 capes)
  • Jamie George (Saracens, 90 capes) – capitaine
  • Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 capes)
  • Maro Itoje (Saracens, 81 capes)
  • Joe Marler (Harlequins, 93 capes)
  • George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 12 capes)
  • Gabriel Oghre (Bristol Bears, non capé)
  • Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 5 capes)
  • Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, 4 capes)
  • Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 38 capes)
  • Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 35 capes)

Arrières

  • Joe Carpenter (Sale Sharks, non capé)
  • Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, 2 capes)
  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, 3 capes)
  • Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 8 capes)
  • George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 9 capes)
  • Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 24 capes)
  • Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 15 capes)
  • Luke Northmore (Harlequins, non capé)
  • Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 capes)
  • Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks, non capé)
  • Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 62 capes)
  • Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints, non capé)
  • Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, 2 capes)
  • Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 32 capes)
  • Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 5 capes)
  • Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 33 capes)

Cet article publié à l’origine en anglais sur RugbyPass.com a été adapté par Willy Billiard.


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Mzilikazi 1 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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Flankly 5 hours ago
'Let them keep talking' - Mike Catt claps back over Bok remarks

The comments were reported weirdly. De Allende did say it would be war, but he said it amidst comments like “Ireland play such good footy”, and “they are so good at the breakdown”. He said that the Boks lost heavily to Ireland a few years back and that they felt the Irish press was dismissive of the Boks. I don’t recall that, but I suppose it is true, and that SA players would want to turn around that sentiment. The RWC loss to Ireland would naturally pour fuel on the fire. In short, it is a natural thing for passionate players like him to feel very strongly about the goal of registering a convincing series win against Ireland. There is really nothing to see here. As an aside, the SA team shouldn’t be too self-righteous about this kind of a situation. Recall that in 2004, after SA won the Ireland series in SA, Jake White noted that no more than two Irish players were good enough for selection in his Bok side. "Considering the facts, I think only two of their players would be included in the Bok team - O'Driscoll (centre) and maybe one of the locks. How could we have lost against the Irish?" O’Driscoll disagreed and said that it was close, and Ireland were just tired. My Irish friends were pretty incensed by the comments, quite rightly. And I am sure it was part of the energy that drove them to some famous wins against the Boks. The Etzebeth thing was a little different. I think he was just not hearing what was being said. It is not that unusual for someone to say “We will see you in the final”. Of course it is a statement of confidence, which every team should have, but it is also a compliment. I think there was a cultural fly-by, in which a “see you soon” comment was taken to mean “we will beat you again”. But it was a good story, and a convenient clickbaity headline. I don’t think anyone is intentionally trying to rile up anything. But if you interview a Bok player and prod them about their passion wrt the Ireland tour, you are likely to hear some pretty heartfelt words. And so you should.

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