Eddie Jones’ England side train at Twickenham Stadium ahead of Autumn Nations Series
By Isabel Millett
5th Oct 2022 | Local Sport
Richmond-based England have begun preparations for their Autumn Nations Series this November by taking part in a three-day training camp at Twickenham Stadium.
The 36-player squad began preparations in Richmond on Sunday 2 October and have been put through their paces ahead of their opener against Argentina on Sunday 6 November.
There have been first call ups for Northampton's Saints' Alex Coles and Saracens' Hugh Tizard, with both players having previously appeared for England U20's, while Manu Tuilagi and Sam Simmonds are among those who return from injury.
Ben Youngs, Alex Mitchell and Tom Pearson also returned from spells on the sidelines and took part in the three-day training camp.
Ahead of the November series, England's Senior Men Coach, Eddie Jones said: "With a year to go to the Rugby World Cup, this is a big opportunity for players to come in and impress. We want them to show a real energy and enthusiasm and that they want to be a part of this massive year.
"It doesn't mean that those who have been left out won't be considered for the Autumn Nations Series matches. We'll be looking at club games, form and fitness and the door is left open for those players.
"We finished the Australia tour well. It was a fantastic experience, particular for the younger players. We now have to start again, but we'll build on what we've done there and continue that momentum."
Twickenham Stadium will play host to all four matches of the November Series. The Red and Whites begin with Argentina, November 6 (2.15PM KO) followed by Japan, November 12 (3.15pm KO), New Zealand November 19 (5.30pm KO) and finish with a showdown against South Africa on Saturday November 26 (5.30pm KO).
Squad that took part in the three day training camp: Sunday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 4
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 39 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 69 caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 15 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps), Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped), David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 23 caps), Hugh Tizard (Saracens, uncapped), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 64 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps), Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped), Jack Willis (Wasps, 4 caps)
Henry Arundell (London Irish, 3 caps), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 97 caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps), Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps), Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 13 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 117 caps).
Unavailable for selection due to injury: Alfie Barbeary, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Charlie Ewels, George Ford, Sam Jeffries, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Anthony Watson.