Head coach Eddie Jones is set to refresh England’s squad as his attention turns towards the 2023 World Cup in France.
England finished in a disappointing 5th place in the Six Nations, winning two of their five games against Italy and France
“We need to, in a lot of ways, refresh the team as we refresh the coaching staff,” he explained.
“At the end of the Lions tour you almost draw a line in the sand about now selecting for the World Cup. Good experienced players will be kept and we’ll bring some fresh talent in.”
Below we look at five players Jones has hinted won’t play for England again.
#1. Jonathan Joseph
- Age: 30
- Caps: 51
No doubt talks over Joseph’s potentially moving to France with The Rugby Paper reporting that he could join Toulon have arisen with the centre’s England career seemingly over having been dropped for the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. Joseph last played for England in November in the Autumn Nations Cup win over Wales in Llanelli.
Joseph’s England axing led to an unfortunate series of events that saw the centre, along with Bath lock Elliott Stooke and Wasps’ Gabriel Oghre caught breaking national Covid-19 lockdown rules, leading to them all being banned.
Potential replacement: Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears)