England: Eddie Jones names Henry Arundell in 36-man training squad ahead of Barbarians clash
England head coach Eddie Jones has included London Irish starlet Henry Arundell in his 36-man training squad that will meet up on Sunday.
Arundell has been in sparkling form for the Premiership outfit and is rewarded along with another nine uncapped players as Jones builds for July’s Tests.
The squad is set to train in London as they begin preparations for next month’s home clash with the Barbarians and ahead of their July tour to Australia.
Owen Farrell included
Returning to the squad following injury are Joe Cokanasiga, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson and Jack Willis while Arundell is joined by London Irish team-mate Will Joseph in the group, along with Leicester Tigers scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet.
As the Premiership season reaches its business end, head coach Jones has opted to rest some players for the upcoming camp.
“We’re going to use this camp as an opportunity to prepare a base game for the Barbarians fixture and for a really important Australia tour,” he said. “We’ll focus on how we want to play, how we want to be as a team off the field and continue to develop the squad cohesiveness and behaviours.
“It is also 16 months to the World Cup and every minute counts. We want a hard-working and enjoyable environment for the players and make sure we are all on the same page. We are allowed a squad of 36 players, so it has been a balancing act.
“We want to take a look at some younger players and prepare a base camp for the Barbarians game, particularly as we will be without the Premiership finalists, and also give some senior players a rest as we get to a crucial part of the season. These players will still be in contention for the Australia tour.”
England will face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, June 19 and will then head to Australia for games in Perth (Saturday, July 2), Brisbane (Saturday, July 9) and Sydney (Saturday, July 16).
England squad for three-day training camp
Forwards: Alfie Barbeary, Jamie Blamire, Ollie Chessum, Tom Curry, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Joe Heyes, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, George McGuigan, Tom Pearson, Bevan Rodd, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Jack Willis
Backs: Henry Arundell, Orlando Bailey, Joe Cokanasiga, Fraser Dingwall, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Will Joseph, Louis Lynagh, Alex Mitchell, Harry Randall, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet, Anthony Watson
Eddie Jones on the squad he has picked
England head coach Eddie Jones talks about his new squad that includes some new faces.