Henry Slade is a shock omission from England’s 36-man squad for next month’s autumn internationals – as head coach Eddie Jones hands Harlequins winger Cadan Murley his maiden call-up into the setup
- England head coach Eddie Jones has named his autumn internationals squad
- Henry Slade is a standout omission – despite being fit following shoulder surgery
- Jones has also left out Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler and Danny Care
- Cadan Murley scored twice for Harlequins in their defeat by Leicester on Sunday
Henry Slade is the headline omission from England’s squad for their November Tests but head coach Eddie Jones has handed a first senior call-up to Harlequins wing Cadan Murley.
Exeter centre Slade missed England’s summer tour win in Australia to undergo shoulder surgery.
He is now back fit, but has suffered a big blow to his hopes of featuring at next year’s World Cup.
Henry Slade has been left out of England’s 36-man squad for their autumn internationals
The 29-year-old is now unlikely to face Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa next month unless he is saved by an 11th hour call.
Jones has also left out Slade’s fellow experienced internationals Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler and Danny Care although the in-form Murley is a new face.
There is no place in the squad for Bath centre Ollie Lawrence despite his impressive form since leaving crisis club Worcester following their suspension from the Premiership.
‘This is a very strong, vibrant squad and a number of good players have been left out. We are pleased with the depth and the strength of the squad,’ Jones said.
‘The autumn internationals will be like a mini World Cup for us, starting with two tough games against Argentina and Japan which mirrors our pool fixtures at next year’s tournament.
‘Then we’ll have knock out type games against New Zealand and South Africa – all four games will be great tests for us.’
Murley scored twice for Harlequins in their defeat by Leicester on Sunday and his club head coach Tabai Matson hailed him as the best left wing in the Premiership.
Elsewhere Max Malins, Val Rapava Ruskin, Raffi Quirke and Kyle Sinckler all return to the squad. Sinckler’s return at tighthead prop is crucial for Jones given an injury to Bath’s Will Stuart.
Jack Willis of Wasps has also been named despite his club set to go into administration on Monday afternoon. Exeter’s No 8 Sam Simmonds is also included despite agreeing a move to French champions Montpellier for next season. England’s 36-player squad will meet on Monday for a five-day training camp in Jersey ahead of four crunch autumn fixtures.
‘In Jersey we’ll start the week with Misogi activity where the players will find out about themselves and each other,’ Jones added. ‘Then we’ll rip into training for the rest of the week so the team can come together on and off the pitch.
‘We’re very pleased to be going back to Jersey and to a good Championship club in Jersey Reds who are very supportive of us and of the local rugby community. ‘We’ve been made to feel very welcome there and look forward to our return.’
Jones looks set to lose defence coach Anthony Seibold ahead of next year’s World Cup, but Danny Kerry MBE has joined the England staff as training coordinator. Kerry previously spent 17 years at Great Britain Hockey where he was the most successful coach in their history.
He led Team GB’s women’s field hockey to a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Joe Lewis will move to a full-time senior analyst role, working closely with forwards coaches Richard Cockerill and Matt Proudfoot.
Jones said: ‘I’ve known Danny for a long time and his depth and breadth of coaching knowledge will be a real asset to us as staff as we work towards becoming the best coaching team in the world.
‘Joe will move back to an analyst role where he has a real impact and suits his strengths and skills.’
ENGLAND’S 36-MAN SQUAD FOR AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS
Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 39 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 58 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 96 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)
George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 52 caps)
Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
Hugh Tizard (Saracens, uncapped)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 64 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 4 caps)
Henry Arundell (London Irish, 3 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 97 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap)
Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 13 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 117 caps)
Unavailable for selection due to injury: Alfie Barbeary, Ollie Chessum, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, Tommy Freeman, George Ford, Jamie George, Sam Jeffries, Nick Isiekwe, Harry Randall, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Jack Walker
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