RUCK can reveal that Saracens full-back Elliot Daly has been left out of England’s game against the Barbarians on Sunday because of a fitness issue.
There was no explanation given for his mysterious absence in today’s 31-man squad announcement, however, Jones has confirmed that the speedster has a slight knock and will be unable to train for the rest of week.
“Elliot has had a bump on his leg for a good period of time. It hasn’t really worried him and he’s been able to train,” Jones said.
“We’re not sure what’s wrong so we’re going to get some tests done and we’ll wait and see what the answer is. I’d rather not say which part of his leg it is, let’s just wait and see.
“We’ll do all the various tests and he’ll see a consultant and then we’ll have a pretty good idea of where he’s at.”
There are 11 uncapped players included within the squad, five of whom are backs in the shape of Saracens wing Ali Crossdale, Northampton centre Fraser Dingwall and scrum-half Alex Mitchell, Worcester centre Ollie Lawrence and Gloucester wing Ollie Thorley.
In the forwards, there are six more uncapped players: Harlequins back-row Alex Dombrandt, Bath hooker Tom Dunn, Northampton locks Alex Moon and David Ribbans, and Leicester prop Joe Heyes.
Daly is set to be fine for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy.
Backs: Ali Crossdale (Saracens), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Tom Dunn (Bath), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers). Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Alex Moon (Northampton Saints), Beno Obano (Bath), David Ribbans (Northampton Saints), Will Stuart (Bath), Sam Underhill (Bath), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
10 things you didn’t know about Elliot Daly:
Here is a list of the 10 Elliot Daly facts you didn’t know about England back. He’s quite the character on and off the field!
1. Starting out
Daly played his early rugby at Beckenham from age five before moving to Dorking in 2006, where he spent three years. He was educated at Cumnor House School and Whitgift School, after which he joined Wasps’ Elite Player Development Squad.
2. Played for and against the Lions
Daly is just the second ever man to play for and against the Lions after facing them for the Barbarians four years previous.
3. England debut
He celebrated his first senior start for his country with a monster left-footed penalty against South Africa in November 2016 and the following week had his maiden Test try against Fiji. He is the master of monster kicks.