Eddie Jones shows his England hand
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England coach Eddie Jones has named a 32-player squad for this weekend’s encounter with the Barbarians.
England will take on the BaaBaas at Twickenham on Sunday.
It will be the first game for Jones’ side since March.
“This is an important game for us and we’re looking forward to getting back to Twickenham and playing rugby,” Jones said.
“We’ve had two really good camps, going back to basics and how we want to play.
“The Barbarians squad has a rich blend of talent, so this week we’ll be testing ourselves under pressure and looking to take our game to the next level.”
Joe Marler (Harlequins) will also join up with the squad for reconditioning.
Following Sunday’s match, which is an uncapped fixture, England will travel to Rome to face Italy in the final round of the delayed 2020 Six Nations on Saturday, October 31.
England will then play four matches as part of the year-end Nations Cup, returning to Twickenham Stadium for internationals against Georgia (Saturday, November 14) and Ireland (Saturday, November 21).
They will then face Wales away (Saturday, November 28), before a placing match at home to determine final position in the competition (Sunday, December 6).
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Backs: Ali Crossdale, Fraser Dingwall, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, George Furbank, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Ollie Lawrence, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Ollie Thorley, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.
Forwards: Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Ted Hill, Maro Itoje, Alex Moon, Beno Obano, David Ribbans, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Mark Wilson.
Date: Sunday, October 26
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.00 (13.00 GMT)