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Eddie Jones retains 25-player squad for Autumn Nations Series opener

Eddie Jones retains 25-player squad for Autumn Nations Series opener

Eddie Jones retains 25-player squad for Autumn Nations Series opener

Eddie Jones has retained a 25-player squad for England’s opening Autumn Nations Series match against Argentina this weekend.

Owen Farrell is passed fit to start, but Courtney Lawes is not which means there could be a first international appearance for either of the Northampton Saints locks, Alex Coles and David Ribbans.

Ben Youngs and Jack van Poortvliet are selected as the two scrum-halves which means there is no place for Raffi Quirke, though club teammate Manu Tuilagi is set for a return to Test rugby a year on from limping off seven minutes into England’s 27-26 win over South Africa.

Among those omitted from the final squad are the uncapped trio of Cadan Murley, George McGuigan and Val Rapava-Ruskin, who will hoped to be involved when England take on Japan in Round 2.

FULL SQUAD

FORWARDS
Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 39 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 58 caps)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Sean Robinson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 52 caps)
Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 64 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps)
Jack Willis (unattached, 4 caps)

BACKS
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 97 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 48 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)

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