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Tuilagi and Simmonds recalled to England squad for October camp

Tuilagi and Simmonds recalled to England squad for October camp

Manu Tuilagi applauds the fans after the game

Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds have been re-called to Eddie Jones’ England squad for a three-day training camp ahead of the 2022 Autumn Nations Series. 

Tuilagi last featured for England in the 2021 Autumn Nations Series, suffering an injury in the process of scoring his side’s first try in their 27-26 victory over world champions South Africa at Twickenham.

Exeter Chiefs star Simmonds was involved throughout last year’s Autumn Nations Series and the 2022 Guinness Six Nations but missed England’s successful summer tour to Australia with injury.

But with the pair now back playing for their respective Premiership Rugby sides, Jones has called them back into the fold in his 36-man squad.

There are also first call-ups for Northampton Saints’ Alex Coles and Saracens’ new signing Hugh Tizard with the second-row duo both starring for England U20 previously.

Ben Youngs, Alex Mitchell, Tom Pearson and David Ribbans are also recalled to the squad, with the latter pair hoping to earn their first caps this November.

The squad will meet in Richmond on Sunday and train at Twickenham as part of a three-day training camp ahead of a packed Autumn Nations Series.

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The Red Rose host Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in what will be the last time the best of the southern hemisphere clash with the best of the northern hemisphere until the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Jones said: “With a year to go to the Rugby World Cup, this is a big opportunity for players to come in and impress.

“We want them to show real energy and enthusiasm and that they want to be a part of this massive year.“It doesn’t mean that those who have been left out won’t be considered for the Autumn Nations Series matches.

“We’ll be looking at club games, form and fitness and the door is left open for those players.

“We finished the Australia tour well.  It was a fantastic experience, particularly for the younger players.

“We now have to start again, but we’ll build on what we’ve done there and continue that momentum.” England squad for Pre-Autumn Nations Series Camp

FORWARDSOllie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps)Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 39 caps)Jamie George (Saracens, 69 caps)Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped)David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps)Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)Hugh Tizard (Saracens, uncapped)Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 64 caps)Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps)Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)Jack Willis (Wasps, 4 caps) 

BACKSHenry Arundell (London Irish, 3 caps)Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Owen Farrell (Saracens, 97 caps)Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap)Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps)Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 13 caps)Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps)Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps)Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 117 caps) Unavailable for selection due to injury: Alfie Barbeary, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, George Ford, Sam Jeffries, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Anthony WatsonEngland Autumn Nations Series Schedule: 

Sunday November 6: England v Argentina (Twickenham Stadium) – KO: 2:15pm

Saturday November 12: England v Japan (Twickenham Stadium) – KO: 3:15pm

Saturday November 19: England v New Zealand (Twickenham Stadium) – KO: 5:30pm

Saturday November 26: England v South Africa (Twickenham Stadium) – KO: 5:30pm

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