Eddie Jones RELEASES Sam Simmonds for Autumn Nations Series opener - Ruck

Eddie Jones RELEASES Sam Simmonds for Autumn Nations Series opener

Eddie Jones has retained 28 players ahead of England’s Test match against Tonga this weekend.

Jones confirmed this afternoon that scrum half Raffi Quirke, as well as backs Max Malins and Louis Lynagh will be unavailable for selection this weekend due to injuries sustained before they arrived in camp.

Marcus Smith, who missed last weeks open training session in Jersey, is also carrying an injury and has been labelled as a doubt for the clash.

Jones said: “He hasn’t done much this week, just a bit of ball handling. We’re being conservative with him, but we are cautiously optimistic he’ll be alright to play.”

Jamie BlamireNewcastle Falcons
Tom CurrySale Sharks
Trevor DavisonNewcastle Falcons
Alex DombrandtHarlequins
Charlie EwelsBath Rugby
Ellis GengeLeicester Tigers
Jamie GeorgeSaracens
Jonny HillExeter Chiefs
Maro ItojeSaracens
Courtney LawesNorthampton Saints
Joe MarlerHarlequins
Kyle SincklerBristol Bears
Will StuartBath Rugby
Sam UnderhillBath Rugby
Mark AtkinsonGloucester Rugby
Owen Farrell Saracens
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Max MalinsSaracens
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Jonny MayGloucester Rugby
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Adam RadwanNewcastle Falcons
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England’s autumn fixtures

  • England vs Tonga, 3.15pm on Sat 6 Nov
  • England vs Australia, 5.30pm on Sat 13 Nov
  • England vs South Africa, 3.15pm on Sat 20 Nov

Where to watch the Autumn Nations Series:

Prime members can watch the Autumn Nations Series live from 30th October with the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, games consoles, on Virgin’s V6 TV Box, the Talk Talk TV set top box, Apple TV, Chromecast, BT TV or online.

For a list of all compatible devices visit amazon.co.uk/watchanywhere.


“Best in the world” – Eddie Jones reveals five guaranteed starters for Autumn Nations Series

#1&2. Owen Farrell & Marcus Smith

Jones said: “‘We know George is a good player but we’ve asked him to have a look at a couple of things in his game to make him even better,’ said Jones. ‘I think he is doing that. He is playing well.

“But we are keen to give Marcus and Owen the opportunity to play at 10 and 12 and see where they can take our game.”

DID YOU KNOW? Smith started playing rugby union at the age of seven for Centaurs RFC when his family moved to Singapore


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