What Eddie Jones said about England's 15 uncapped players

What Eddie Jones said about England’s 15 uncapped players

England head coach Eddie Jones has named 15 uncapped players in his 31-man squad to tour Argentina in June.

Dylan Hartley will be captain after being left out of the Lions squad.

Here’s what he said about the each of the new faces.


Will Collier (prop, Harlequins): “Collier is a really steady tight-head. Scrummaging wise he probably has the best body position of anyone in the Premiership, so it is a great opportunity for him.”
Ben and Tom Curry (flankers, Sale Sharks): “I’m looking forward to working with the Currys because I want to find out if I can tell the difference between the two of them. We’re going to have to find a way to work out who’s who. I hear they’re very competitive about everything: A-levels, their weight, their haircuts, their girlfriends, everything. I think we’ll keep them competing against each other.”
Nick Isiekwe (second-row, Saracens): “We have the young guy from Sarries coming in who is potentially a very good player. When you look at where he is now compared to where Maro was when he came into the Six Nations, he is going to be a really good player this boy, a really good player. So he is exciting.”
Sam Underhill (back-row, Ospreys/Bath): “He’s got good potential as an openside flanker, he’s a genuine openside flanker, he’s dedicated, he’s determined, he’s desperate to play for England, we’re delighted to have him.”
Harry Williams (prop, Exeter Chiefs): “He is a big unit. He needs a haircut though, so I will have to chat to him about that – he is not short of a tattoo though. He is a good scrummager. He has got to work a bit around the field, so we will work on that with him.”
Joe Cokanasiga (winger, London Irish): “He’s big mate. And he’s fast. That’s the only thing I see.”
Nathan Earle (winger, Saracens): “I’m interested in this Nathan Earle from Saracens. I watched him play ITM Cup for Canterbury and he’s got real potential. He’s a big, tall guy who’s got pace.”
Piers Francis (fly-half, Blues/Northampton Saints): “Good, solid player. He’s got a good kicking game, he’s very good defensively, he likes putting his head in the dark areas. He plays very deep but that’s the Kiwi way so we’ll have to work on that with him and I’m sure we can.”
Sam James (centre, Sale Sharks): “James is a bit like Denny. Sale have a way of producing quite funny sort of players. There’s nothing great about him but he finds the line, he finds space and he’s strong and has a good feel for the game.”
Alex Lozowski (fly-half, Saracens): “Lozowski is a good player, I’ve been really impressed. I think he’s been the best find of the Premiership. He’s come in, he’s got a nice feel about the game and he’s a rugged defender and he kicks his goals. He works hard and he’s a good fella.”
Harry Mallinder (versatile back, Northampton Saints): “Good player mate. I think he can play 15 and I think he can play centre and I think he can potentially play on the wing. Big, strong lad. Good in the air. Massive kicking game. Kicks the ball 60m. Needs to work on his defence, but for a young player that’s okay.”
Joe Marchant (centre, Harlequins): “It is exciting, it is a great opportunity for us because you don’t usually get this opportunity to bring in a bunch of young, enthusiastic and good players into the squad at one time.”
Jack Maunder (scrum-half, Exeter Chiefs): “Maunder’s an interesting player. He’s a cheeky little bugger, that’s what I like about him. He’s got something about him. His pass is okay but he looks for opportunities, generally makes good decisions and he’s a good size of a lad. We’re excited by him and he’s young. He’s only just 20.”
Denny Solomona (winger, Sale Sharks): “There’s something about him. He finds the line. He’s got that ability, when he gets the ball, to score a try.”
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