England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones has named his 37-man training squad for the upcoming Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham, which includes seven players who could win their debuts during the crucial four match series.
The final squad for the Autumn Internationals which begins on Saturday 12th November with England v South Africa will be announced at the end of October.
After a blistering start to the season Wasps back-row stars Nathan Hughes and Sam Jones have earned their first call-up to the senior squad alongside scrum-half Dan Robson.
Elsewhere Harlequins centre Joe Marchant, Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski, Sale Sharks number eight Josh Beaumont, Worcester powerhouse Ben Te’o and Leicester Tigers back-row Mike Williams have also made the squad.
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Could uncapped players make an impact during Twickenham Autumn Internationals?
With injury concerns piling up for Eddie Jones the addition of the seven uncapped players is a perfect chance for some of the Aviva Premiership’s stars to finally make an impact for England.
Inspirational skipper Dylan Hartley has been struggling with a back injury, while points machine Owen Farrell has yet to play for Saracens this season after also suffering a back injury during pre-season training.
James Haskell will miss the entire Autumn International Series with a foot injury. These three players have been key players under Jones and while their absence will be a blow it presents opportunity for another player.
One man who looks certain to play a part is Nathan Hughes, the destructive number eight can also cover the blindside flanker position. The 25-year-old has been on the England radar for some time and qualifies through residency. His ball-carrying and work at the lineout will put real pressure on Billy Vunipola and the option to have both playing at the same time will add another dimension to the attack.
With Manu Tuilagi set to miss out again with injury Ben Te’o could provide a real ball carrying option at inside centre. While the Ford/Farrell axis has worked tremendously well, Jones has stated on several occasions that he wants a bulldozing option in midfield – and Te’o fits that mould perfectly.
Jones said on the squad: “The Old Mutual Wealth Series will be a big challenge and the players will need to step up to the mark. With a number missing through injury it’s a good opportunity for others to put their hands up and show us what they’re made of.
“I think it’s a good situation to be in. Injuries allow us to strengthen the depth of our squad and develop robustness. Ideally, by the Rugby World Cup in 2019, we’re looking to have three players in every position who are interchangeable.”
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