Rugby-Lynagh in England squad, Ford, Vunipolas and George axed
22 September, 2021, 7:03 am
LONDON (Reuters) -Louis Lynagh, son of former Australia flyhalf Michael, was included in an England training squad on Tuesday, but several big-name regulars were left out as coach Eddie Jones begins his build-up to the autumn internationals and the 2023 World Cup.
Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds, last capped in 2018 but who was part of the British and Irish Lions squad in South Africa, was also included, with England’s regular number eight Billy Vunipola, his prop brother Mako, hooker Jamie George and flyhalf George Ford left out.
Jones’s new coaching assistants – Richard Cockerill, Martin Gleeson and Anthony Seibold – will get their first chance to work with the squad later this month after the Australian named a 45-man squad for the camp. The new-look group will meet for three days in west London to begin preparations for the November games against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.
There are eight uncapped players included – Mark Atkinson, Jack Kenningham, Gabriel Oghre, Raffi Quirke, Sam Riley, Bevan Rodd, Ollie Sleightholme and Lynagh, the 20-year-old wing who has been in impressive form at Premiership champions Harlequins but who is also qualified to play for Australia and Italy, where he was born.
His younger brother Tom moved from England to join the Queensland Reds this year and said his ambition is to play for Australia.
Nine players who made their debuts in England’s summer series of fixtures have also been selected (Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison, Alex Dombrandt, Joe Heyes, Lewis Ludlow, Adam Radwan, Harry Randall, Marcus Smith and Freddie Steward). There are returns to the squad for senior and experienced players, including England’s second most-capped player Ben Youngs (109 caps), alongside Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Jonny May and Anthony Watson.
Explaining his decision to jettison some of the men who have been an integral part of the side for many years, with more than 250 caps between them, Jones told a news conference: “We are now selecting for the World Cup in mind and some of the experienced players we have left out we feel that this is a good time for them to refresh and get ready to challenge again for a spot.
“You’ve got to also realise we’re coming of the back of what has been two difficult seasons for the players and some of those players went on a Lions tour.
“We have five campaigns now until the 2023 World Cup so each one counts, and this is a chance for this 45 to impress the new coaching staff.”
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 33 caps)Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 1 cap)Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 2 caps)Maro Itoje (Saracens, 48 caps)Jack Kenningham (Harlequins, uncapped)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 87 caps)Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps)George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)Gabriel Oghre (Wasps, uncapped)Sam Riley (Harlequins, uncapped)Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, uncapped)Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)BacksMark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 7 caps)Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps)Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 66 caps)Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, uncapped)Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)Dan Robson (Wasps, 14 caps)Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps)Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 43 caps)Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)