England coach Eddie Jones will hand debuts to four players in England’s Test against Argentina this Saturday.
With a large chunk of his usual squad away in New Zealand on international duty, Jones has had to improvise – and while there will plenty of experience on show, there will also be some new blood injected into proceedings.
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The biggest news is that 18-year-old Tom Curry is in the starting lineup. The Sale Sharks flanker only made his debut with the under-20s earlier this year but Jones has been suitably impressed to throw him in at the deep end in San Juan.
In addition to Curry, Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Alex Lozowski (Saracens) and Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) will all make their international debuts at the weekend also.
Denny Solomona, meanwhile, could still make his debut, albeit from the bench. The Sale wing, whose place on the tour was in serious doubt up until recently, has been named among the replacements with six more uncapped players, namely Jack Singleton, Will Collier, Nick Isiekwe, Don Armand, Jack Maunder, and Piers Francis.
Jones said that the side he has selected are all there on merit, having impressed him since the squad came together:
“I’m really excited about this England team to face Argentina this weekend. I have selected a group of experienced players across the spine of this team as well as four young players who will be eager to go out and play well on their debuts for England.
“Those players have worked extremely hard to get selected over the last few weeks, but I have been impressed with the way the whole squad has trained and gelled together in a short amount of time. They all realise the opportunity that they have to be involved in this England side and I’m sure they will show that commitment on Saturday.”
The first Test will take place this Saturday, with the next match taking place in Santa Fe the following week.
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