Eddie Jones ushers in seven uncapped players in first squad


Eddie Jones announced his England squad for the upcoming Six Nations - which is due to kick-off in early February - and took the opportunity to bring in some fresh faces to the team ahead of his first game in charge.

With an eye on the future and a nod to the horrendous World Cup campaign, Jones brought in seven uncapped players to have a look at from January 24.

Familiar names such as Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell are joined by Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Josh Beaumont (Sale), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Bath), Sam Hill (Exeter), and Paul Hill (Northampton).


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Manu Tuilagi was the surprise inclusion and Joe Simpson the shock exclusion as Jones decided to pick just two scrum-halves.

Simpson is not the only player in good form who has been overlooked as Tom Youngs was also dropped in favour of Dylan Hartley at hooker - the current favourite to be named captain in two weeks time.

Upon announcing the squad, Jones said: "The long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby, so we have chosen a lot of new players on the growth we see in them...Our aim is to develop a squad where there is depth and competition in every position."

Devoto has been selected to cover for an injured Tuilagi and with Henry Slade also unavailable at the moment, Sam Hill has been chosen as cover for him. Marland Yarde will be glad to see his name on the sheet after missing the World Cup, along with Matt Kvesic.

While this is good news for many England fans, the inclusion of many divisive characters will be a test for Jones, who will be looking to start the competition with a win at Murrayfield.

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