Dabei seit: 31. Oct 2017
Jones names Jersey all 10 Lions in squad to face
Eddie Jones is set to unleash England’s British & Irish Lions at the start of their autumn internationals campaign in a surprising U-turn after all 10 – including the fit-again Elliot Daly – were named in the squad to face Argentina on Saturday.
Daly, who took a full part in training on Tuesday, 10 days after damaging knee ligaments, is retained in a 26-man squad along with Anthony Watson, with both looking likely to play against the Pumas after Denny http://www.dallasstarsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Jon-Casey-Jersey Solomona was among the seven players sent home. Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were peripheral figures during the session at England’s Bagshot base but both, along with their Saracens team-mates George Kruis, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George, are retained. Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes and Jonathan Joseph have also made the cut in what is the strongest squad available to Jones.
Jones had claimed some of his Lions were “off the pace”, singling out Lawes, and only last week he remarked they were “badly deconditioned”. Itoje played 34 matches last season and started Saracens’ first eight matches of this campaign, while Daly made 36 appearances last term and, considering the diagnosis of his knee injury made him a doubt for the whole series, it is a surprise to see him included. Jones added last week: “They’ve come off a tough Lions tour and had a short pre-season so they have missed a whole chunk of http://www.officialnhlhockeyonline....AROLINA_HURRICANES-c-1087_1174.html preparation time.”
With Semesa Rokoduguni acting as cover for Jonny May, who has a hamstring injury and cannot fully train, it means Daly and Watson look set to play. Vunipola, George and Cole will also all definitely make the squad, with only six front rows retained.
Solomona is the most surprising omission after he was named in the initial autumn squad, while Piers Francis also makes way with Alex Lozowski preferred as an option at either 10 or 12. Nick Isiekwe and Charlie Ewels have paid the price for England’s second-row depth while the Jared Veldheer Authentic Jersey uncapped trio of Tom Dunn, Zach Mercer and Sam Simmonds also return to their clubs.
Jones will trim his squad by three on Thursday with either May or Rokoduguni expected to miss out. He has four second rows – Joe Launchbury joining Kruis, Itoje and Lawes – which would appear one too many, while one of the centres is also the most likely to drop out.
The makeup of the back row would seem more straightforward, with Chris Robshaw and Nathan Hughes bringing experience with Sam Underhill and Tom Curry set to battle it out for the No7 jersey. Ben Youngs is expected to get the nod at scrum-half, as is Mike Brown at Jared Veldheer Youth jersey full-back with Jones seemingly deciding not to experiment against the Pumas.