England’s Eddie Jones picks Simmonds over Haskell and reprieves Solomona
ames Haskell has been left out of England’s squad for the autumn internationals at the expense of the uncapped Exeter back-row Sam Simmonds.
Eddie Jones has also selected all eight of the available British & Irish Test Lions who toured New Zealand in his 34-man squad.
Simmonds, 22, is rewarded for his fine form for Exeter this season while Haskell is omitted, raising question marks over whether he has an England future. Haskell, 32, last played for England during the Six Nations, having been called up by the Lions as a replacement for Billy Vunipola, but has since been usurped by Simmonds, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry.
He was England’s man of the series on the 2016 summer tour of Australia but a subsequent long-term toe injury and a hand problem at the start of the season have contributed to a failure to rediscover that form.
Jones has recalled Jonathan Joseph, having left the centre out of his most recent training squad last month, and he has also selected the 18-year-old Marcus Smith and the 20-year-old Bath back-row Zach Mercer as apprentice players. Neither will be in contention for any of the match-day squads against Argentina, Australia and Samoa however.
Marland Yarde has also been omitted, having been dropped by Harlequins last weekend for disciplinary reasons, with Denny Solomona recalled. Solomona was not named in Jones’s training squad in September, having been sent home in disgrace from the previous get-together, but with Jack Nowell among the injury absentees the former rugby league player has been handed the chance to stake his claim this autumn. The Bath hooker Tom Dunn, meanwhile, is the only other uncapped member of the squad.
Jones said: “Our first match against Argentina is a significant game for England and everything we have been doing in our training camps so far this season has been geared around getting the detail right in our preparation on how we want to play and win against them next month. This will be the fourth time we have played against Argentina in the last 12 months and the last time we play them before 2019, so we want to make sure our record against them is 4-0.”
Joe Marler, who was on Wednesday, banned for three weeks – spread out over four which means he cannot play against Argentina and Australia – is listed among the unavailable players. Nathan Hughes, banned for two weeks but free to play in all three of England’s matches, is selected.
Six of the squad – Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly – played in all three Lions Tests over the summer and they have all been selected, it is understood Jones intends to rest some of them across the course of the autumn campaign.
Jones’s squad will convene on Sunday after a full round of Premiership matches before travelling to Portugal for a training week. England’s autumn campaign begins against Argentina on 11 November.
Simon Middleton, meanwhile, has named his England Women squad for their three-Test series against Canada, with seven players called up for the first time. Jo Brown, Jess Breach, Abigail Dow, Zoe Harrison, Ellie Kildunne, Caity Mattinson and Lagi Tuima are in the 28-player squad.
England men’s squad for the autumn internationals
Backs Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester), Denny Solomona (Sale), Anthony Watson (Bath), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester), Piers Francis (Northampton), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter), Marcus Smith (Harlequins; training only), Ben Youngs (Leicester).
Forwards Tom Curry (Sale), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Zach Mercer (Bath; training only), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter), Sam Underhill (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Tom Dunn (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter).
England Women squad for autumn series against Canada
Backs Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies), Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies), Charlotte Clapp (Saracens Women), Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies), Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC), Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies), Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies), Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies), Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies), Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies).
Forwards Sarah Bern (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC), Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC), Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies), Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies), Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women), Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies), Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries), Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning), Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies) Harriet Millar-Mills (Wasps FC Ladies), Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies), Marlie Packer (Saracens Women), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies).
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