Mon 26 Sep 2022 | 01:09

Former WP lock gets another England call-up ahead of November Tests

Former WP lock gets another England call-up ahead of November Tests
Mon 26 Sep 2022 | 01:09
Former WP lock gets another England call-up ahead of November Tests
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Eddie Jones has named a 36-player England squad who will meet for a three-day training camp this weekend.

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England will begin preparations for their four home fixtures in November during the camp.

First call-ups for camp include Northampton Saints’ Alex Coles and Saracens’ Hugh Tizard, both players having previously appeared for England Under-20s.

Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds are back in the squad following injury and there are returns for Ben Youngs, Alex Mitchell, Tom Pearson and David Ribbans.

The South African-born Ribbans is a former Western Province lock and he has been playing for Northampton Saints since 2017. He is one of seven uncapped players in the squad

England face Argentina in the first of their four matches at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, November 6.

They will then host Japan on Saturday, November 12, followed by New Zealand on Saturday, November 19.

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Their final match is against South Africa on Saturday, November 26.

“With a year to go to the Rugby World Cup, this is a big opportunity for players to come in and impress,” said Jones.

“We want them to show real energy and enthusiasm and that they want to be a part of this massive year.

“It doesn’t mean that those who have been left out won’t be considered for the Autumn Nations Series matches. We’ll be looking at club games, form and fitness and the door is left open for those players.

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“We finished the Australia tour well. It was a fantastic experience, particularly for the younger players. We now have to start again, but we’ll build on what we’ve done there and continue that momentum.”

England training squad:

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Alex Coles, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Pearson, David Ribbans, Bevan Rodd, Patrick Schickerling, Sam Simmonds, Will Stuart, Hugh Tizard, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.

Backs: Henry Arundell, Joe Cokanasiga, Fraser Dingwall, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Will Joseph, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet, Ben Youngs.

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Alfie Barbeary, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, George Ford, Sam Jeffries, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Anthony Watson.

PV: 16
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