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“Leave out Maro Itoje” – Ben Kay names his England pack to start in the Autumn


  • 6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
  • 7. Jack Kenningham (Harlequins)
  • 8. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)



  • 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
  • 9. Dan Robson (Wasps)

Healey said: “If you want to play high-tempo and you want to play at pace then you need a nine that will get the ball into Marcus Smith’s hands very quickly. That’s why I’ve gone for [Dan] Robson at nine,

“We’re all presuming that Marcus Smith is going to start. I’m always picking my backline for Tonga because its going to be the same against Australia. I don’t believe in giving players chances against sides that aren’t as competitive as others.

“So by picking Marcus Smith we’re saying that he’s not going to pick Owen Farrell. I think that’s the only player apart from maybe Maro [Itoje] that he hasn’t dropped in his entire tenure.

“So it’s a difficult one because that will really signify a change in his ethos and the way he’s going to play if Farrell doesn’t start.”


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