"U-turn on Ford" - Eddie Jones confirms England squad to face Australia - Ruck

“U-turn on Ford” – Eddie Jones confirms England squad to face Australia

Head coach Eddie Jones has named 34 players, who have met today at Pennyhill Park to begin preparations for the game.

Reports on Saturday suggested George Ford would join the squad, however, following confirmation that Owen Farrell’s positive test was ‘false’, those plans have been put on hold.

All players will remain with England for the entire Test week, in an agreement with clubs, PRL and the RPA. This is to help enhance the COVID resilience of the team’s boundary.

“We’d really like to thank everyone in the game who has allowed us to keep the 34 players for the week, the clubs, the PRL and the RPA. We appreciate their support and it will a big help for us as we prepare for this Test match,” said Jones.


England will play Australia on Saturday 13 November (5.30pm KO) in the second of their Autumn Nations Series matches at Twickenham Stadium. Their final fixture is against world champions South Africa on Saturday 20 November (3.15pm KO).

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England squad to face Australia:


Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 3 caps)

Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 34 caps)

Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)

Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)

Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 2 caps)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)

Jamie George (Saracens, 60 caps)

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 10 caps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 49 caps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 88 caps)

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 73 caps)

George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)

Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 45 caps)

Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 25 caps)


Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)

Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)

Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 67 caps)

Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, uncapped)

Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 41 caps)

Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 3 caps)

Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)

Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 44 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 110 caps)

Sunday’s Transfer Round-Up

RUMOUR: Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner has been put top of the shopping list of a pair of Premiership clubs according to the latest reports. FULL STORY

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