Injured duo in Jones' England squad

2016-05-22 15:01
Eddie Jones (AP)

London - Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi were included in the England squad announced for the tour of his native Australia by coach Eddie Jones on Sunday despite both backs suffering injuries on club duty this weekend.

Leicester centre Tuilagi suffered a hamstring strain during the Tigers' 44-17 Premiership semi-final defeat by Saracens on Saturday.

There were reports the midfield powerhouse could be out for six weeks although no official word on the extent of his injury has yet emerged.

The same match saw Saracens star Farrell, England's Six Nations grand slam-winning goal-kicker, go off with a rib injury.

But he is expected to be fit to travel in a 32-man squad that includes four uncapped players -- Worcester centre Ben Te'o, Northampton back-row Teimana Harrison, Bristol prop Ellis Genge (currently on loan at Leicester) and Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler -- for next month's three-Test series away to the Wallabies.

But there was no place for in-form Saracens wing Chris Ashton, who initially missed England's run to the grand slam through suspension, in a squad again captained by New Zealand-born hooker Dylan Hartley.

"We are still a young squad with an average age of 24 so this will be a big learning experience," said Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup to England in Sydney.

Jones became England's first overseas coach after the Wallabies dumped tournament hosts England out of last year's World Cup -- a defeat that saw the Rugby Football Union sack Stuart Lancaster and bring the former Australia and Japan boss on board.

However, Jones said: "This will be the first time many of the players will have toured Australia so there's no historical baggage there and mentally we'll be in a good place off the back of the Six Nations."

England have yet to lose under Jones, their first overseas coach, after he guided his new side to a first grand slam in 13 years earlier this season.

Australia, after dumping out England, went all the way to last year's World Cup final before losing to New Zealand.

"To beat the Wallabies in Australia you have to play a physical, aggressive brand of rugby and that's what we intend to do," said Jones.

"We will need to be a fit, cohesive, tactically flexible team and play with a high intensity. We have to be in their faces from the first minute of the first Test."

"But we are in no doubt of the challenge we face."

The upcoming series between England and Australia has been given added spice by the fact that Jones and Wallaby counterpart Michael Cheika were longstanding team-mates at leading Sydney club Randwick.

Sunday also saw Jones name a separate 26-man squad to play Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, May 29.

That squad does not include players from Saracens and Exeter, who will be contesting the Premiership final at Twickenham the day beforehand (Saturday, May 28).

England 32-man squad for Australia


Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Henry Slade (Exeter), Ben Te'o (Worcester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)


Dan Cole (Leicester), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Bristol, on loan at Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton), Dylan Hartley (Northampton, capt), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens)


Jun 11: 1st TEST, Brisbane

Jun 18: 2ND TEST, Melbourne

Jun 25: 3RD TEST, Sydney

England 26-man squad to play Wales at Twickenham on May 29:


Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell, (Northampton), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter), George Ford (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)


Dave Attwood (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Bristol on loan at Leicester), Dylan Hartley(Northampton), Teimana Harrison (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps)

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