Jones outlines plan for new-look England squad
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Eddie Jones has named a 34-player England squad as they begin preparations for their summer series of fixtures.
The squad will meet up at The Lensbury on Monday 14 June for a five-day training camp.
With 12 English players involved in the British and Irish Lions squad and the Premiership semi-finalists (Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins and Sale Sharks) unavailable for selection, Jones has named 21 uncapped players.
An updated squad will reconvene on Sunday, June 20, ahead of the England A fixture against Scotland A at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, Leicester (Sunday, June 27). Premiership finalists will not be available for selection for this squad.
Following the final, Jones will further update his squad for England’s two-Test matches at Twickenham Stadium in July.
They will first host USA (Sunday, July 4), before taking on Canada in their final fixture on Saturday, July 10.
Jones said: “This is the first squad of three and we’ll include players from the other clubs where appropriate when they become available. We’ve also given some of our senior players the chance to get some important rest and recovery time after back-to-back seasons, and with no proper pre-season.
“For this group it’s a chance to come into the England environment and really show what they can do. We expect them to be enthusiastic, full of energy and we want them to know there is no limit to their horizon.
“There is a lot of talent in this squad but the challenge for them is to turn talent into performance. We’re really looking forward to working with this group of young players and see where we can take them. They have the opportunity to take on the world.”
Forwards: Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick, Trevor Davison, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Joe Heyes, Paul Hill, Ted Hill, Lewis Ludlam, Lewis Ludlow, George Martin, Chunya Munga, Beno Obano, Miles Reid, Sean Robinson, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Harry Wells, Tom Willis
Backs: Josh Bassett, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom de Glanville, Fraser Dingwall, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Dan Kelly, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Mitchell, Max Ojomoh, Tom Parton, Adam Radwan, Dan Robson, Ben Spencer, Freddie Steward, Jacob Umaga