Eddie Jones has named his latest elite player squad.
England (5/4 – To win 2017 Six Nations) coach Jones has included seven uncapped players in his 45-man elite player squad ahead of the upcoming autumn international series.
Sale Sharks second-row Josh Beaumont has been included for the first time, alongside back row forwards Sam Jones and Nathan Hughes of Wasps, and Leicester’s Mike Williams.
Centres Ben Te’o of Worcester and Joe Marchant of Harlequins have also been named alongside Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson, while Gloucester’s Ben Morgan has been selected for the first time since Jones succeeded Stuart Lancaster as coach.
The Australian, who will finalise his squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series on October 26, believes the new players within his squad will have a great opportunity to impress over the coming months, as he continues to develop the strength and depth of his team ahead of the 2019 World Cup (England 5/1 – To win 2019 World Cup).
“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,” Jones said.
“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.”
England will kick-off their autumn series with a match against South Africa at Twickenham on November 12, before they face further matches against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
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