Eddie Jones selects TWELVE uncapped players in provisional 28-man England squad including ALL relegated Saracens stars ahead of exhibition match against the Barbarians and autumn Six Nations and Nations Cup fixtures
- Ali Crossdale, Jack Clement and Joe Heyes are among the England newcomers
- Leicester, Harlequins, Gloucester, Northampton and Newcastle players make it
- Saracens’ stars have also been included now that the club has been relegated
- England start their autumn campaign against Barbarians on October 25
- They then finish their 2020 Six Nations campaign before the Nations Cup
Eddie Jones has picked 12 uncapped players in a provisional 28-man England squad for the autumn – with Saracens’ Ali Crossdale, Gloucester’s Jack Clement and Leicester’s Joe Heyes all in.
Prop Simon Kerrod, from Harlequins, Lewis Ludlow, a Gloucester flanker and Northampton second-row David Ribbans make up the rest of those never included before.
And uncapped Northampton youngsters Alex Mitchell, Fraser Dingwall and Alex Moon return after they were picked but not used in the Six Nations.
Eddie Jones has picked 12 uncapped players in his provisional 28-man England squad
Gloucester’s back row Jack Clement (left) is one of three fresh faces that has got the nod
Saracens’ Ali Crossdale will also join his more experienced club team-mates for England
Wingers Nathan Earle, from Harlequins, and Ollie Thorley, from Gloucester, are also in with in-form Quins No 8 Alex Dombrandt included.
The squad is made of players from Saracens, Leicester, Northampton, Gloucester, Harlequins and Newcastle players as it does not include those involved in the playoffs, or members from Worcester who are waiting to play Sale on Wednesday.
Now Saracens are relegated their stars are included. National captain Owen Farrell, now free to play after his recent five-match ban for a high tackle, is joined by Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly and the Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy.
Leicester Tigers prop Joe Heyes has been called up by England boss Jones for the first time
FULL ENGLAND SQUAD
Ali Crossdale*, Elliot Daly, Fraser Dingwall*, Nathan Earle*, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, George Furbank, Willi Heinz, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell*, Ollie Thorley*, Ben Youngs
Jack Clement*, Alex Dombrandt*, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes*, Maro Itoje, Simon Kerrod*, Lewis Ludlow*, Alex Moon*, David Ribbans*, Jack Singleton, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Mark Wilson
* Uncapped players
Mark Wilson, the Newcastle flanker who has not played since March 7 in the Six Nations, is back in the squad as are 33-year-old Willi Heinz – who has featured for Gloucester just twice since the Premiership restarted in August – and Northampton centre Piers Francis.
Jonny May, Joe Marchant, and Ben Youngs – who is one away from 100 caps – are in too with Jack Singleton retained.
England start their autumn campaign with an exhibition match against the Barbarians on October 25, the day after the Premiership final.
They then conclude the 2020 Six Nations away to Italy on Hallowe’en, and then after a week off the Autumn Nations Cup begins – where they will play Ireland, Georgia, Wales and one other ‘finals’ match.
Jones said: ‘Our preparation to build the team for the Italy game starts now.
‘We have a three-day camp this week and another one next week then we’re into the week of our Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians. We’ll be slowly building up, working on the basics and working on team cohesion.
‘We’re excited to be back together in camp representing England. This autumn we want to play for the fans and give them something to smile about.’
Jones will add players to his squad after this weekend’s Premiership playoffs and the final.
Lewis Ludlow of Gloucester is the among the others never to have been included by England
National captain Owen Farrell will return following his five-match ban for a high tackle
Billy Vunipola will join other fellow Saracens stars in the squad following the club’s relegation
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