Rugby

England pick eight uncapped players

2017-05-25 12:37
Eddie Jones (Getty)

London - Eddie Jones has named his England squad against the Barbarians for Sunday at Twickenham Stadium. 

England’s experienced regulars with 246 caps between them  - Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), George Ford (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester) and Mike Brown (Harlequins) - all start with Robshaw and Ford co-captaining the non-Test side. 

There are eight uncapped players in the starting XV including Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors), Will Collier (Harlequins), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Sam Underhill (Bath), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Sam James (Sale Sharks), and Nathan Earle (Saracens). 

Head coach Eddie Jones said: “I’m excited about this squad playing the Barbarians on Sunday. The players have trained really well with intensity over the last few weeks and now we need to put that onto the field this weekend. 

“While we have some really experienced players starting the game there is a great opportunity for some of the younger players to show what they are about against a Barbarians team full of quality international players. 

“We will be treating this game as a Test match and expecting the Barbarians to start the game quickly. This match will be crucial preparation ahead of our two-Test series against Argentina next month. 

“I’ve decided to have co-captains this weekend with Chris Robshaw and George Ford. We need the responsibility of leadership shared. Chris will look after the forwards and defence while George will look after the backs and attack. 

"It splits the responsibility nicely and with so many younger players there we need co-captains rather than just one guy responsible for everything." 

Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Ryan Mills (Worcester Warriors), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors) and Marland Yarde (Harlequins) were not considered for selection due to injury. Both Buchanan and Mills have been released from camp.

Teams:

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Nathan Earle*, 13 Sam James*, 12 Alex Lozowski*, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Josh Beaumont*, 7 Sam Underhill*, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Nick Isiekwe*, 4 Charlie Ewels, 3 Will Collier*, 2 Jack Singleton*, 1 Ellis Genge

Substitutes: 16 George McGuigan*, 17 Ross Harrison*, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson*, 19 Tom Ellis*, 20 Ben Curry*, 21 Mark Wilson*, 22 Richard Wigglesworth, 23 Mike Haley* 

* = uncapped

Barbarians

15 Alex Goode (Saracens & England), 14 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji), 13 Yann David (Toulouse & France), 12 Frans Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa), 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Begles & Australia), 10 Ian Madigan (Bordeaux-Begles & Ireland), 9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath Rugby & Samoa), 8 Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina), 7 Steffon Armitage (Pau & England), 6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France, captain), 6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France, captain), 5 Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand), 4 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina), 3 Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa), 2 Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales), 1 Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia)

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa), 17 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand), 18 WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland), 19 Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), 20 Gillian Galan (Toulouse), 21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa), 22 Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby), 23 Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina)

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