Eddie’s Final Squad?

England head coach Eddie Jones has been forced to make changes to his England squad  ahead of their tour to South Africa next month.

Three more names have been added to the injury list, as Cameron Redpath (knee), Ben Te’o (small repair to quad muscle) and Jack Willis (knee) have all withdrawn from the squad.

The three new names added to the lengthy list of those unavailable for the tour adds fuel to the fiery contention that the northern hemisphere unions do not take the mid-year tours terribly seriously, often sending sub-standard or “development” squads south. The unions and their component clubs will often withdraw players from availability for spurious reasons, including “rest and recuperation” or “player welfare” – Yet they vociferously insist that the end-of-year tours by southern counties to the north should be undertaken by as near as possible full strength squads.

Not Available:

If we consider the list of players not available for selection we find some 24 names that would normally be considered regular members of the England squad. They are: Danny Care (Harlequins), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Alex Lewington (London Irish), Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Will Spencer (Worcester Warriors), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Jack Willis (Wasps)

Touring Squad Changes:

There are three changes to the squad. Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps) and Jason Woodward (Gloucester Rugby) have joined the updated 34-man squad at Pennyhill Park to begin their final preparations before flying to South Africa on Saturday for the three Test series.

England Squad for South Africa Tour:

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ben Earl (Saracens), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Dan Robson (Wasps), Brad Shields (Hurricanes/Wasps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Ben Spencer (Saracens), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle), Jason Woodward (Gloucester Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)