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Eddie Jones Names Preliminary England Squad For Opening Autumn Test Vs. Argentina

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Eddie Jones, England Rugby Union Head Coach talks during day 2 of the Soccerex Global Convention at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Soccerex)

Eddie Jones has named his preliminary England squad ahead of the upcoming autumn test against Argentina.

Arguably the biggest talking point from this panel is the omission of James Haskell. The Wasps flanker was a member of Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad just a few short months ago, but Jones is seemingly looking to the future and the next generation of younger players.

Exeter Chiefs forward Sam Simmons is called up to the squad for the first time, with the 22-year-old rewarded for a number of standout performances in his side’s successful Premiership season last year.

18-year-old Marcus Smith of Harlequins and 20=year-old Zach Mercer of Bath have both been drafted into the training squad, though seemingly they are unlikely to actually feature in the matchday squad and that this is more of an apprenticeship experience for the young duo.

The England players will gather for a training camp in Portugal this coming Sunday before the final squad assembles on November 5th – so while 34 players have been selected for the wider squad, that number is almost certain to be whittled down in the days in between the two training camps.

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