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The Left Out Of The England Squad XV

LONODN, ENGLAND - MAY 28: during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England.

Eddie Jones has been forced to look at alternatives after a number of players suffered injuries.

The forward pack Eddie Jones has selected to play against South Africa feels very much like the unit that embarked on the 2015 World Cup campaign.

After being described as being “distinctly average” by Jones, Northamton’s Tom Wood has come back into the side, as have Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes. Dylan Hartley’s inclusion breaks with the 2015 theme, but the inclusion of Jonny May counters this somewhat.

In any event, the fact that England are able to field such a strong and experienced team reveals the depth of talent now at Jones’ disposal.

If England are to come through a rigorous autumn schedule and finish 2016 unbeaten without the likes of James Haskell, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Anthony Watson, then Jones will have a number of selection headaches come the Six Nations.

This is particularly the case in the backrow, where the England coach has yet to find a place for Nathan Hughes, and has to do without Jack Clifford and Teimana Harrison.

Indeed, the fact that Alex Goode has yet to break into the side and Jonathan Joseph has been has been replaced by Elliot Daly, illustrates that a competitive environment also exists among the backs.


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It is also worth remembering that Manu Tuilagi has yet to feature under Jones, despite being name checked by the Australian as being one of England’s few world class players. Persistent injuries have kept the Leicester Tigers centre on the sidelines, allowing Ben Te’o to stake his claim for a place in the squad.

The situation in midfield is complicated by deployment of Owen Farrell and George Ford as dual playmakers, creating a log jam of talent.

The same can be said for England’s wingers, where the inform Semesa Rokoduguni has been unable to add his solitary cap, and Chris Ashton failed to even be considered for selection since Jones’ arrival.

Jones also has an enviable number of quality hooker at his disposal, where the likes of Jamie George, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tommy Taylor and Tom Youngs all have to wait patiently in line.

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1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)

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2. Tommy Taylor (Wasps)

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Tommy Taylor of Wasps is tackled by Olly Robinson of Bristol Rugby during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Bristol Rugby at The Ricoh Arena on September 18, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

3. Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)

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4. Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)

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5. Charlie Ewels (Bath)

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6. Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

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7. Matt Kvesic (Gloucester)

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8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester)

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9. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

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10. Danny Cipriani (Wasps)

TOULOUSE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 23: Danny Cipriani of Wasps runs with the ball during the European Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Wasps at Stade Ernest Wallon on October 23, 2016 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

11. Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath)

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12. Henry Slade (Exter Chiefs)

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13. Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

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14. Christian Wade (Wasps)

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15. Alex Goode (Saracens)

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Alex Goode of Saracens in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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