England name squad for Old Mutual wealth series

October 26, 2016

England's squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series has been named, with six uncapped players in the 33-man squad for the upcoming games at Twickenham.

Head coach Eddie Jones has included Kyle Sinckler of Harlequins at tight-head prop, Wasps back row Nathan Hughes, second row Charlie Ewels of Bath Rugby, Sale Sharks wing Mike Haley, Saracens fly half Alex Lozowski and Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te'o. 

They come into the squad at a time when ten players are missing through injury, including broken hand victim Maro Itoje. The selection includes three picks as direct replacements for Jones's original intended 33-man squad, as Dave Attwood, Teimana Harrison, Ben Morgan, Tom Wood and Marland Yarde come in to replace George Kruis, James Haskell, Jack Clifford, Mike Williams and Anthony Watson respectively.  

The autumn internationals will see England taking on South Africa on November 12th in the opening game, followed by Fiji on November 19th, Argentina on November 26th and Australia on December 3rd. 

Discussing the squad, Jones said: "With a number of influential players missing through injury we have two weeks to prepare a robust and resilient team to meet the challenges set for us in the Old Mutual Wealth Series."

Having won all nine matches under Jones, England will be keen to keep the run going as they seek to build a side that can challenge for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Including the final World Cup match last year against Uruguay, England are on a ten-game winning streak, but world champions New Zealand are presently on a world record 18-match winning run, demonstrating just how big the challenge is.

Jones will hope England are as effective at beating the other southern hemisphere nations as the All Blacks have proved to be. 

Playing in the Rugby Championship earlier this month they crushed the Springboks 57-15 in Durban after defeating Argentina 36-18 in Buenos Aires, while Australia were crushed 42-8 in Sydney and 29-9 in Wellington in September. 

New Zealand also won their homes games against South Africa and Argentina 41-13 and 57-22 respectively.

By Sam Coates

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