The England Rugby Team has called up three uncapped players to defend the Six Nations.
Eddie Jones, Head Coach, has opted to call up three uncapped and untested international players. Alex Lozowski, Nathan Catt, and Mike Williams all come into the thirty-four man squad. Alex Goode, the current premiership player of the year, makes way for the newcomers.
The squad is preparing to train in Portugal during the 22nd – 27th of January. Others that feature in the squad are James Haskel, Maro Itoje, Anthony Watson, Jack Clifford, and jack Nowell. Dylan Hartley, captain, is also included despite not playing a competitive game for six weeks due to a ban.
Goode who has failed to make the Six Nations squad and was also left out of the Elite Player Squad may opt for a lucrative contract in France.
Jones Keeps Pressure on Established Players
Jones has made it clear that the new squad selections are to put the pressure on established stars, ensuring they maintain their performance level. Talking of 31 year hold Mike Brown, an established fullback, he said, “I want to have options to Mike Brown. I see Elliot as being a major option and Anthony Watson as being a major option. We’ll run those guys at training to give them experience and see how they come up.
“Mike is still our first-choice full-back and as long as he is first choice he will be selected, but at the same time we are always looking at Plan B and Plan C. Alex Lozowski is a good young player too. Maybe 10 isn’t his best position. Maybe 12 or 15 could be his best position.
“This time last year I said that the long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby. Obviously I have been pleased with how the team’s progressing, but there’s still plenty to improve on. We always want to get better, every training session, every game.
“At the start of last year’s Six Nations I probably didn’t realise the enormity of the tournament and how intense the rivalry is between the countries, so this year we’ll be better prepared for it and we are looking forward to being daring in our game against France.”