Big name casualties as Eddie Jones names 34-man England Autumn squad
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.
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.
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.
“Our aim each week will be to get better and better as we work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”
The England team will now travel to Jersey for training camp. They face appointments with Tonga, Australia and South Africa.
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