Henry Arundell and Will Joseph are among TEN uncapped players to be called up by Eddie Jones for England’s training camp next week… as Mako Vunipola also returns to the fold after more than a year out of the team
- London Irish stars Will Joseph and Henry Arundell have received call-ups
- Eddie Jones has selected ten uncapped players for England training next week
- The squad also involved Mako Vunipola for the first time in over a year
England have called up London Irish sensation Henry Arundell as one of 10 uncapped players for a training camp next week – and Mako Vunipola is back after a year in exile.
Teenage full-back Arundell has been included by head coach Eddie Jones along with his fellow Irish prodigy, centre Will Joseph, younger brother of Jonathan – as forecast by Sportsmail. Regular captain Owen Farrell is back after injury, along with fellow recent casualties Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Jack Willis and Joe Cokanasiga.
Leicester’s rookie scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet has been included while his Tigers mentor and Test centurion Ben Youngs is one of the established figures to be rested, as are Jamie George, Elliot Daly, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Marler, Henry Slade, Max Malins and Joe Marchant. The rest of the uncapped contingent are Alfie Barbeary, George McGuigan, Tom Pearson, Orlando Bailey, Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman and Louis Lynagh.
London Irish prodigies Will Joseph (R) and Henry Arundell have received England call-ups
Eddie Jones has called up ten uncapped players for England’s training camp next week
But the return of the older Vunipola brother is one of the most intriguing elements of this selection which serves as a pointer for the make-up of the tour party for the Test series against Australia.
Mako hasn’t played for England for more than a year, but he has been recalled. Time will tell if it means the door is open for Billy Vunipola to force his way back in too.
Explaining his selection policy for this gathering in the capital, Jones said: ‘We’re going to use this camp as an opportunity to prepare a base game for the Barbarians fixture and for a really important Australia tour.
Mako Vunipola (centre) has also been called up having been out of the fold for more than a year
‘We’ll focus on how we want to play, how we want to be as a team off the field and continue to develop the squad cohesiveness and behaviours.
‘It is also 16 months to the World Cup and every minute counts. We want a hard-working and enjoyable environment for the players and to make sure we are all on the same page.
‘We’re allowed a squad of 36 players, so it has been a balancing act. We want to take a look at some younger players, and also give some senior players a rest as we get to a crucial part of the season. These players will still be in contention for the Australia tour.”