Rugby-Lynagh in England squad, no place for Ford or Vunipolas

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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) – Louis Lynagh, son of former Australia flyhalf Michael, was included in a 45-man England training squad on Tuesday, but there was no place for regular flyhalf George Ford, as coach Eddie Jones begins his build-up to the autumn internationals.

Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds, last capped in 2018 but who was part of the British and Irish Lions squad in South Africa, was also included, with England’s regular number eight Billy Vunipola, and his prop brother Mako, left out.

Jones’s new coaching assistants – Richard Cockerill, Martin Gleeson and Anthony Seibold – will get their first chance to work with the squad later this month after the Australian named a 45-man squad for the short training camp.  The new-look group will meet for three days in west London to begin preparations for the November games against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

There are eight uncapped players named in the squad – Mark Atkinson, Jack Kenningham, Gabriel Oghre, Raffi Quirke, Sam Riley, Bevan Rodd, Ollie Sleightholme and Lynagh, the 20-year-old wing who has been in impressive form at Premiership champions Harlequins but who is also qualified to play for Australia and Italy, where he was born.

Nine players who made their debuts in England’s summer series of fixtures have also been selected (Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison, Alex Dombrandt, Joe Heyes, Lewis Ludlow, Adam Radwan, Harry Randall, Marcus Smith and Freddie Steward).  There are returns to the squad for senior and experienced players, including England’s second most-capped player Ben Youngs (109 caps), alongside Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Jonny May and Anthony Watson.

Ford was not named in the group.

“This is an exciting squad made up of experienced players and young guys who did well in the summer and have earned their place again,” Jones said in a statement.  “We have left out some experienced players but we’re really clear that the door isn’t closed to them, and we’re looking forward to seeing them work hard to get back into contention.”  “We have five campaigns now until the 2023 World Cup so each one counts, and this is a chance for this 45 to impress the new coaching staff.”

Training squad

Forwards

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 33 caps)Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 1 cap)Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 2 caps)Maro Itoje (Saracens, 48 caps)Jack Kenningham (Harlequins, uncapped)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 87 caps)Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps)George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)Gabriel Oghre (Wasps, uncapped)Sam Riley (Harlequins, uncapped)Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, uncapped)Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)BacksMark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 7 caps)Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps)Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 66 caps)Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, uncapped)Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)Dan Robson (Wasps, 14 caps)Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps)Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 43 caps)Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by David Evans)

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