INTERNATIONALS

Like father, like son: uncapped Josh Beaumont in England squad

Number eight is one of seven uncapped players among the 37 who will head for a training camp in Brighton ahead of the end of year internationals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 September, 2016, 6:49pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 October, 2016, 12:10am

Uncapped forward Josh Beaumont was included in the 37-man England training squad announced on Friday ahead of their end of year internationals.

Sale number eight Beaumont, the son of 1980 England grand slam captain Bill who is now the chairman of World Rugby, was one of seven uncapped players among the 37 who will head for a training camp in Brighton, on England’s south coast, this weekend.

The other six players yet to make their England debut who have been included are fellow number eight Nathan Hughes, flanker Mike Williams, scrum-half Dan Robson and centres Ben Te’o and Joe Marchant.

Meanwhile, Saracens back Alex Lozowski, the son of former England centre Rob, has been included in a 45-man elite player squad.

But there was no place for Danny Cipriani, although England coach Eddie Jones insisted it wasn’t the “end of the road” for the talented fly-half.

Former Australia and Japan coach Jones had presided over an impressive transformation in England’s fortunes, having taken over after they became the first World Cup host nation to be knocked out of the tournament in the first round at last year’s edition.

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Jones has since overseen a run of nine straight wins, a sequence that includes a Six Nations grand slam and a 3-0 series win in his native Australia.

That perfect record will be at stake when four southern hemisphere sides – South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia – all visit Twickenham on successive weekends in November and December starting with the Springboks on November 12.

“With a number of players missing through injury it’s a good opportunity for others to put their hands up and show us what they’re made of,” Jones said.

“I think it’s a good situation to be in. Injuries allow us to strengthen the depth of our squad and develop robustness.

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“Ideally, by the Rugby World Cup in 2019, we’re looking to have three players in every position who are interchangeable.

“At the moment we have seven of our most influential players not playing regularly for their clubs, but that should be no excuse.

“England have not beaten South Africa since 2006 and this needs to change.”


England 37-man training squad:

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins),Elliot Daly (Wasps) Ollie Devoto (Exeter, injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi, Leicester) Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath),Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Dan Robson (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter) Ben Te’o (Worcester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins) (injury replacement for Jonny May, Gloucester), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

Forwards

Josh Beaumont (Sale), Dan Cole (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton) (injury replacement for James Haskell, Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sam Jones (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester) (injury replacement for Jack Clifford, Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Mike Williams (Leicester)


Fixtures (all 22:30 HKT)

November 12: England v South Africa

November 19: England v Fiji

November 26: England v Argentina

December 3: England v Australia