The November Autumn series are just days away and Eddie Jones has named his England squad that will take on South Africa, Australia, Japan and the All Blacks.
Injury has haunted England prior to major campaigns in the past year or so but this time round, it has been through the with a large number of casualties that form the core of the team.
A lot of improvising has been done with the squad looking as such ; Ben Morgan from Gloucester rugby who last featured for England in the tragic 2015 world cup is back in the team amid a back-row injury crisis for England.
20 year old winger Joe Cokanasiga is also in the team as one of eight uncapped players in the 36-man squad. Zach Mercer also features in the team however not as an apprentice anymore but potential back row cover following his impressive displays for Bath rugby.
Eddie Jones has named Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell as his co-captains for the November series sighting their very good leadership skills that are vital for the group.
One controversial commission is that of fly half Danny Cipriani who has been shunned despite his impressive club form that saw him awarded September’s premiership rugby player of the month. Cipriani also started in England’s last victory over South Africa which could have been a good indicator but hasn’t moved Eddie Jones who continuously states that the team is solely picked basing on form. Favour clearly still lies with the duo of Saracen’s Farrell and Leicester’s George Ford who provide ample cover and are clearly integral to his plans.
Wing Chris Ashton is in the team despite having not featured yet for the Sale Sharks this season.
England begin their series against South Africa on 3 November before matches against New Zealand, Japan and then the Wallabies.
“It gives an opportunity for some good new players to play some important Tests for England, while players who have been in the squad before will have to take on more responsibility.” – Eddie Jones.