Six Members of England's Squad Are Foreign-Born, Including Two Scots - Ruck

Six Members of England’s Squad Are Foreign-Born, Including Two Scots

Head coach Steve Borthwick has unveiled a 36-man squad for the upcoming summer series, showcasing a compelling mix of talent.

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Notably, the England squad features six players born outside the country, including two from Scotland.

England will face Japan in a Test match in Tokyo on Saturday, June 22, before heading to New Zealand for a two-Test series against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday, July 6, and Auckland on Saturday, July 13.

The touring party includes six uncapped players: Fin Baxter (Harlequins), Gabriel Oghre (Bristol Bears), Joe Carpenter (Sale Sharks), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), and Luke Northmore (Harlequins).

Captained by Jamie George, the squad consists of 20 forwards and 16 backs. They trained at Twickenham Stadium on Tuesday, June 11, before departing for Tokyo the next day to continue their preparations.

Foreign-born players in the England squad:

  • Bevan Rodd – Dunoon, Scotland
  • Ethan Roots – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sam Underhill – Ohio, USA
  • Marcus Smith – Manila, Philippines
  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso – Cardiff, Wales
  • Tom Roebuck – Inverness, Scotland

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Will Greenwood picks ‘pacy’ 2025 British & Irish Lions XV with Maro Itoje as captain

Back in 2021, England legend Will Greenwood turned his attention to the 2025 tour to Australia, highlighting the emerging young talents poised to make the XV.

eflecting on the future, Greenwood said, “The 2021 tour was captivating, but now it’s time to focus on 2025 and the young talents who could shine in Australia.”

Below, we revisit the team he selected after the 2021 tour.

Hugo Keenan (Ireland) Greenwood praises Keenan’s potential, foreseeing growth in wisdom and composure over the next four years, establishing him as a premier European full-back. “I love Keenan,” Greenwood remarks. “After another four years of Irish rugby, he will be wiser and more composed; the leading European full-back.”

Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales) Despite limited opportunities in South Africa, Greenwood sees Rees-Zammit’s electric pace as a game-changing asset, honed through standout performances for Gloucester and Wales. “In the short periods he did feature, you could tell there was a star in the making,” Greenwood notes.

Louis Rees-Zammit of Gloucester Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm on 17 February. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Garry Ringrose (Ireland) Highlighted for his innate class and defensive prowess, Ringrose aims to seize his last chance at Lions selection in 2025 after enduring injuries and fluctuating form. “He is an inherent class act who defends astutely and runs devilish angles,” Greenwood observes.

Cameron Redpath (Scotland) Expected to return to top form post-injury, Redpath’s standout performances for Scotland mark him as a potential key figure in the midfield. “I expect him to return to that sort of form when he returns to full fitness,” Greenwood predicts.

Adam Radwan (England) Greenwood champions Radwan’s inclusion, citing his explosive debut season and undeniable talent, suggesting that age should not hinder selection if ability shines through. “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough,” Greenwood asserts.