The opening fixture of the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series (Autumn Internationals) is now just over 2 weeks away. England open the series with a massive clash against Argentina on Saturday 11th November.
This morning Eddie Jones confirmed his squad for the upcoming fixtures with a couple of surprise inclusions.
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Dylan Hartley has been named in the squad after avoiding a ban for an incident earlier in the season, however Joe Marler will miss out through suspension. The prop was given a 3-week suspension for the use of the forearm on an opponent during a match against Wasps.
The surprise inclusion was Simmonds who has been in excellent form for Exeter this season. He has scored 13 tries in just 27 appearances and was a key part in their Premier Title win last season.
“He’s done really well,” Jones said of the 22-year-old. “Everyone is talking about his tries but I like his work off the ball. He runs very good support lines and defensively he’s good. He has good acceleration and can play six, seven or eight so he gives us real utility value.”
Full England Squad:
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *, Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *, Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Autumn Internationals Hospitality 2017
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