Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds in Eddie Jones’ England training squad; Missed Danny Care

Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds in Eddie Jones' England training squad;  Missed Danny Care
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Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to join Eddie Jones' training squad

Manu Tuilagi returns from injury to join Eddie Jones’ training squad

Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds have both been called up to Eddie Jones’ 36-man England training squad.

The team will begin preparations for November’s four home games of the Autumn Nations Series during a three-day training camp this weekend.

Jones’ squad includes first call-ups for Alex Coles from Northampton Saints and Hugh Tizard from Saracens, both players previously representing England U20.

In addition to Tuilagi and Simmonds, there are returns for Ben Youngs, Alex Mitchell, Tom Pearson and David Ribbans.

Danny Care has not been included as Jack van Poortvliet joins Youngs and Mitchell as scrum halves. Joe Marchant is also ruled out and Jones says he has “some work to do on his game”.

English Autumn Nations Series fixtures

England versus Argentina Sunday 6 November at 2.15 p.m
England versus Japan Saturday November 12 at 3:15 p.m
England versus New Zealand Saturday 19 November at 5.30pm
England vs South Africa Saturday 26 November at 5.30pm

This autumn, England meet Argentina in the first of their four games at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 6 November. It then receives Japan, followed by New Zealand and South Africa.

“One year before the Rugby World Cup, this is a great opportunity for the players to come in and impress,” said Jones.

“We want them to show real energy and enthusiasm and want to be a part of this massive year.

“That doesn’t mean those who have been left out won’t be considered for Autumn Nations Series games. We’ll look at club games, form and fitness and the door stays open for those players.

“We finished the Australian tour well. It was a fantastic experience, especially for the younger players. We have to start again now but we will build on what we achieved there and keep that momentum going.”

Jones: Care has done a great job for us

Eddie Jones explains his selection for this team and talks about the omission of Danny Care

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Eddie Jones explains his selection for this team and talks about the omission of Danny Care

Eddie Jones explains his selection for this team and talks about the omission of Danny Care

Care has been called up to the England squad for the first time in four years for this summer’s tour to Australia.

After starting in the first test and coming on as a substitute in the second, the 35-year-old was substituted after 37 minutes of the last test and is not part of this training squad.

“Let’s do something right, we didn’t pull him off,” Jones said. “We have to rethink this, the rugby game lasts 80 minutes with 23 players, so we call it 23 players.

“We had a plan for this game and whether we would use that kind of negative language [pulled off the pitch] then we might as well not have a 23-man squad.

“So Danny was dropped at the right time. He’s done a great job for us and he’s another one who’s just started playing and we want him to find his form at Harlequins.”

Sam Underhill is one of a number of England players currently unavailable for selection

Sam Underhill is one of a number of England players currently unavailable for selection

A recent addition to Jones’ unavailable shortlist was forward Sam Underhill as he required surgery for a shoulder problem.

He is expected to be out for 12 weeks trying to return to England for the Six Nations and their incorporation into their Rugby World Cup campaign.

England open their account in France on September 9 against Argentina. The team is in Pool D for the competition alongside Japan, Argentina, Samoa and Chile.

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“England must be able to adapt”

After England’s summer tour of Australia and with the World Cup looming next year, Jones signaled his desire for his team to continue to improve their own style of rugby while also adapting to what’s going on around them.

“The rugby in the rugby championship was quite fascinating; we basically have two different games at the moment.

“It’s always been like oscillating between a very unstructured game and a structured game, but right now there seems to be a bigger differentiation between the really hard standard games and the really loose games.

“A lot of things attributed to these games are uncontrollable. So over the next 12 months, understanding the strengths of our game and our players and making sure we can play that as well as possible is an important factor for us.

“Then we develop a different type of game that deals with these uncontrollable situations, where we have up to five sin-bins in a game, five HIAs, odd numbers… and we have to play a different type of game.”

“We have to be able to adapt from our game to the game that’s being played at this point and that’s difficult to do,” he continued.

“There aren’t too many teams in the world that can do that, in fact I can’t name a team at the moment so there’s a big opportunity for us.”

training squad

Forward: Ollie Chessum, Alex Coles, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Pearson, David Ribbans, Bevan Rodd, Patrick Schickerling, Sam Simmonds, Will Stuart, Hugh Tizard, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker and Jack Willis.

The back: Henry Arundell, Joe Cokanasiga, Fraser Dingwall, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Will Joseph, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet and Ben Youngs.

Cannot be selected due to injury: Alfie Barbeary, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, George Ford, Sam Jeffries, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson.

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