Billy Vunipola earns a recall for England’s tour of Australia for the first time since the 2021 Six Nations, as Eddie Jones names his 36-man squad and hands call-ups to eight uncapped stars – with Danny Care making the cut
- England head coach Eddie Jones has named his squad for the tour of Australia
- Billy Vunipola has been recalled for the first time since the 2021 Six Nations
- He may solve back-row dilemma, with Sam Simmonds and Alex Dombrandt out
- Jones has called up eight uncapped stars, and says 36-man group is a ‘real mix’
Billy Vunipola has been recalled for England’s tour of Australia for the first time since the 2021 Six Nations.
The No 8 has been named in a 36-man squad, despite suffering a head injury in Saracens’ Premiership final defeat by Leicester.
He could provide the solution to England’s back-row problem, with Sam Simmonds and Alex Dombrandt ruled out with injury.
Billy Vunipola has been recalled for England’s tour of Australia for the first time since 2021
Head coach Eddie Jones has named his 36-man squad for his side’s tour of Australia in July
Veteran scrum-half Danny Care has also been called up for the tour, with Ben Youngs staying at home following a family grievance.
Eddie Jones has called up eight uncapped players, including Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter, Patrick Schickerling, Jack van Poortvliet, Jack Walker, Henry Arundell and Will Joseph.
‘Though we have ten players unavailable due to injury, we have picked a very strong squad capable of winning the series,’ said Jones.
‘This squad is a real mix of young, talented players and some very experienced, senior players and we’re looking forward to bring the group together.
Veteran scrum-half Danny Care has also been called up as part of a mixed group for the games
But prop Joe Marler (above) has not been selected, with several other big names missing out
‘This tour will be a great experience for the group and a crucial part of the team’s work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2023. We will continue to develop the base of the squad and how we want to play.
‘We’ve put a lot of work into preparation for the tour over the past few weeks but now the hard work really begins when we finally get the squad on the plane and to Australia.’
Veteran prop Joe Marler has not been selected.
Nic Dolly, Dombrandt, George Ford, Joe Launchbury, Louis Lynagh, Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi and Anthony Watson are all ruled out by injury.
ENGLAND’S FULL SQUAD
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 40 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 66 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 7 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 56 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 93 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 11 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 61 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)
Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)
Henry Arundell (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice player
Danny Care (Harlequins, 84 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 94 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Will Joseph (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice player
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 12 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 39 caps)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 10 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)
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