Eddie Jones has picked his squad for England's final November Test

England Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

Eddie Jones has made two injury-enforced changes to his starting XV to face South Africa this weekend after beating Australia last Saturday.

This is the first time the two sides have played one another since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final and England will have to do so without captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George.

Courtney Lawes will skipper the side while Manu Tuilagi switches back to centre from the wing. The two personnel changes see Joe Marchant come onto the wing and Jamie Blamire start at hooker.

Nic Dolly could win his first cap from the bench, which also features Joe Marler.

England team to play South Africa – Saturday 20 November

Freddie Steward; Joe Marchant, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Bevan Rodd, Jamie Blamire, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes (captain), Sam Underhill, Tom Curry.

Replacements: Nic Dolly, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Sam Simmonds, Alex Dombrandt, Raffi Quirke, Max Malins.

England team to play Australia – Saturday 13 November

Freddie Steward; Manu Tuilagi, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (capt), Jonny May; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Bevan Rodd, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry.

Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Trevor Davison, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Alex Dombrandt, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Raffi Quirke, 23 Max Malins.

England team to play Tonga – Saturday 6 November

Freddie Steward; Adam Radwan, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; George Furbank, Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes (captain), Sam Underhill, Tom Curry.

Replacements: Jamie Blamire, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Alex Dombrandt, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Mark Atkinson.

England Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

Eddie Jones has resisted the urge to recall some of the England mainstays of recent years for the upcoming 2021 autumn Internationals fixtures.

Saracens duo Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola miss out despite shining in the 71-17 rout of Bath on Sunday, and there is no place either for Tigers fly-half George Ford. Dan Robson, Ollie Lawrence and Beno Obano are other notable omissions in the 34-man squad.

On the flip side, there’s an uncapped quartet in Nic Dolly, Mark Atkinson, Tommy Freeman and Raffi Quirke. Quirke’s inclusion in particular has been signposted, Jones having been present for Quirke’s two-try Man of the Match performance against Harlequins on Friday.

Like Quirke, Gloucester centre Atkinson joined up with the England squad last month for a short training camp but Leicester hooker Dolly and Northampton flyer Freeman receive their first call-ups to the senior ranks.

Luke Cowan-Dickie and Anthony Watson were initially named in the squad but have been forced to withdraw through injury and so Saracens hooker Jamie George and Harlequins winger Joe Marchant have been called up.

England autumn Internationals squad 2021 Raffi Quirke

Raffi Quirke makes a break during Sale’s win against Harlequins at AJ Bell Stadium last week (Getty)

The squad will travel to Jersey on Monday 25 October for a five-day training camp before returning to England ahead of their home fixtures against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

Eight players who made their debuts in England’s summer series have been selected: Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick, Trevor Davison, Alex Dombrandt, Adam Radwan, Harry Randall, Freddie Steward and Marcus Smith. However, Randall has picked up an injury and so had to withdraw from the squad.

Quins fly-half Smith is expected to start at ten after a stellar 12 months that has included a Lions call-up. Team-mate Dombrandt, too, is attracting rave reviews but faces an intriguing duel for the No 8 shirt with Exeter’s Lion Sam Simmonds.

The exclusion of Robson, who was the scrum-half replacement for Ben Youngs during this year’s Six Nations, means there is not a single Wasps player in the squad. Another point of interest is the absence of Quins’ Louis Lynagh, who is eligible for Australia and Italy as well as England. Jones said the 20-year-old was close to making the squad.

Elsewhere, Owen Farrell will be captain and Maro Itoje is in line to make his 50th England appearance during the autumn. All three matches will be live on Amazon Prime Video Sport.

Jones said: “This is a young but very good, talented squad who have all earned their places. It’s one of the most competitive squads I’ve ever picked.

“There are a number of disappointed players who haven’t been selected, but they know what they need to do and no door is closed to any player.

“We’re looking forward to three tough Tests. Tonga always play a strong, physical game and Australia and South Africa have had extended periods together and will be a good challenge for us. Our aim will be to get better and better as we work towards the World Cup in 2023.”

England’s previous meeting with the Springboks was the 2019 World Cup final in Japan that resulted in a 32-12 defeat.

England Autumn Internationals Squad 2021

FORWARDS

(DoB/Club/Position/Test debut/caps)
Jamie Blamire (22 Dec 1997/Newcastle Falcons/Hooker/2021 v USA/5)
Callum Chick (25 Nov 1996/Newcastle Falcons/No 8/2021 v USA/2)
Tom Curry (15 Jun 1998/Sale Sharks/Flanker/2017 v Argentina/36 (+3 for Lions)
Trevor Davison (20 Aug 1992/Newcastle Falcons/Prop/2021 v USA/2)
Nic Dolly (11 Jun 1999/Leicester Tigers/Hooker/2021 v South Africa/1)
Alex Dombrandt (29 April 1997/Harlequins/No 8 or lock/2021 v Canada/4)
Charlie Ewels (29 Jun 1995/Bath Rugby/Lock/2016 v Fiji/26)
Ellis Genge (16 Feb 1995/Leicester Tigers/Prop/2016 v Wales/31)
Jamie George (20 Oct 1990/Saracens/Hooker/2015 v France/61 (+3 for Lions))
Jonny Hill (8 Jun 1994/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2020 v Italy/12)
Maro Itoje (28 Oct 1994/Saracens/Lock or back-row/2016 v Italy/51 (+6 for Lions))
Courtney Lawes (23 Feb 1989/Northampton Saints/Lock/2009 v Australia/90(+5 for Lions))
Lewis Ludlam (8 Dec 1995/Northampton Saints/Back-row/2019 v Wales/10)
Joe Marler (7 Jul 1990/Harlequins/Prop/2012 v South Africa/74)
George Martin (18 Jun 2001/Leicester Tigers/Lock/2021 v Ireland/1)
Bevan Rodd (26 Aug 2000/Sale Sharks/Prop/2021 v Australia/2)
Sam Simmonds (10 Nov 1994/Exeter Chiefs/No 8/2017 v Argentina/9)
Kyle Sinckler (30 Mar 1993/Bristol Bears/Prop/2016 v South Africa/47 (+6 for Lions))
Will Stuart (12 Jul 1996/Bath Rugby/Prop/2020 v France/14)
Sam Underhill (22 Jul 1996/Bath Rugby/Flanker/2017 v Argentina/27)

BACKS
Mark Atkinson (8 Mar 1990/Gloucester Rugby/Centre/2021 v Tonga)
Owen Farrell (24 Sep 1991/Saracens/Fly-half or centre/2012 v Scotland/94(+6 for Lions))
Tommy Freeman (5 Mar 2001/Northampton Saints/Full-back)
George Furbank (17 Oct 1996/Northampton Saints/Full-back/2020 v France/5)
Louis Lynagh (3 Dec 2000/Harlequins/Wing or full-back)
Max Malins (7 Jan 1997/Saracens/Full-back or fly-half/2020 v Georgia/10)
Joe Marchant (16 Jul 1996/Harlequins/Centre/2019 v Wales/7)
Jonny May (1 Apr 1990/Gloucester Rugby/Wing/2013 v Argentina/69)
Raffi Quirke (18 Aug 2001/Sale Sharks/Scrum-half/2021 v Australia/2)
Adam Radwan (30 Dec 1997/Newcastle Falcons/Wing/2021 v Canada/2)
Harry Randall (18 Dec 1997/Bristol Bears/Scrum-half/2021 v USA/2) – replaced by Alex Mitchell (25 May 1997/Northampton Saints/Scrum-half/2021 v Tonga/2) on 1 November 2021 after he suffered a hip flexor injury
Henry Slade (19 Mar 1993/Exeter Chiefs/Centre/2015 v France/43)
Marcus Smith (14 Feb 1999/Harlequins/Fly-half/2021 v USA/5)
Freddie Steward (5 Dec 2000/Leicester Tigers/Full-back or wing/2021 v USA/5)
Manu Tuilagi (18 May 1991/Sale Sharks/Centre/2011 v Wales/46)
Ben Youngs (5 Sep 1989/Leicester Tigers/Scrum-half/2010 v Scotland/112 (+2 for Lions))

England Autumn Internationals Fixtures 2021

England 69-3 Tonga Men (Twickenham) Incredible Courtney Lawes try-saving tackle

Sat 13 November, England 32-15 Australia (Twickenham) Marcus Smith sets up Freddie Steward try

Sat 20 November, England 27-26 South Africa (3.15pm, Twickenham) Live on Amazon Prime

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