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Big name casualties as Eddie Jones names 34-man England Autumn squad

By Ian Cameron

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England head coach Eddie Jones has named his Autumn Nations Series squad, but none of September’s big-name omissions have been recalled to the squad.

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George Ford, Jamie George, Mako and Billy Vunipola have all been left out.

Second-row Maro Itoje and wing Anthony Watson – who both left the field early during the Gallagher Premiership game between Saracens and Bath at the Rec at the weekend – and Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie who was injured playing against Wasps – have been named in the team.

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England are also without the injured Elliot Daly.

Jones has included four uncapped players. Nic Dolly and Tommy Freeman receive their first call-ups, along with Mark Atkinson and Raffi Quirke who joined up with the squad last month for a short training camp.

Eight players who made their debuts in England’s summer series have also been selected (Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick, Trevor Davison, Alex Dombrandt, Adam Radwan, Harry Randall, Marcus Smith and Freddie Steward).

Jones said: “This is a young but very good, talented squad who have all earned their places. It is one of the most competitive squads I have ever picked.

“There are a number of disappointed players who haven’t been selected, but they know what they need to do and no door is closed to any player.

“We’re looking forward to three tough Test matches. Tonga always play a strong, physical game and Australia and South Africa have had extended periods together and will be a good challenge for us.

“Our aim each week will be to get better and better as we work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”

FORWARDS
Jamie Blamire
Callum Chick
Luke Cowan-Dickie
Tom Curry
Trevor Davison
Nic Dolly
Alex Dombrandt
Charlie Ewels
Ellis Genge
Jonny Hill
Maro Itoje
Courtney Lawes
Lewis Ludlam
Joe Marler
George Martin
Sam Simmonds
Kyle Sinckler
Will Stuart
Sam Underhill

BACKS
Mark Atkinson
Owen Farrell
Tommy Freeman
George Furbank
Max Malins
Jonny May
Raffi Quirke
Adam Radwan
Harry Randall
Henry Slade
Marcus Smith
Freddie Steward
Manu Tuilagi
Anthony Watson
Ben Youngs

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The England team will now travel to Jersey for training camp. They face appointments with Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

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