No England call yet for Underhill

Date published: May 18 2016

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Nineteen-year-old Ospreys openside flanker Sam Underhill will not be available for selection for England’s three-match Test series against Australia in June as a result of the current Rugby Football union rules which states that players based outside of England are not eligible to be selected for the National team.

Underhill has put in some good performances for the Ospreys this season and was on the fringes of selection for the England national team.

England coach Eddie Jones said that he had spoken with the former England U18 player and explained to him that he is still young and he must just focus on what he can do to keep up his good form.

Jones told the BBC: “Hopefully by November he’s going to be eligible for selection.

“I had a good chat with him last week and we decided the best thing for him is to have a good pre-season,” said Jones.

“He’s a young guy, he’s had a fair few injuries this season.”

The sanction on foreign-based players means that Underhill will also not be able to represent the England Saxons in South Africa in June.

Underhill was born in the United Sates and represented Gloucester in the Premiership before moving to the Ospreys. Underhill is also studying economics at Cardiff University.

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