England coach Eddie Jones selected a group of 33 players for the Autumn Nations Cup final against France on Sunday, with only one notable absentee, Jonathan Joseph.
The final of the Autumn Nations Cup, Sunday at Twickenham between England and France (4 p.m. French time), promises to be unbalanced, but it remains a final all the same. The Blues are forced to travel with an bis team due to the agreement between the Federation and the League which prohibits players from playing more than three international matches this fall, while the English should line up a quasi-typical team. Coach Eddie Jones has selected a group of 33 for this “Crunch”, which will build on his three victorious group matches. We thus find in this group sixteen players who participated in the final of the World Cup lost against South Africa a little over a year ago!
Joseph wounded, first summons for Barbeary
The main absent from this game will be Jonathan Joseph, the 29-year-old center or winger, who was injured in the 24-13 win over Wales on Saturday. Joe Marchant, the 24-year-old center, and Jacob Umaga, the 22-year-old opener (nephew of Tana Umaga), however, are back from injury. While many Blues could celebrate their first or second selection on Sunday, only one English player is making his first appearance in the squad, 20-year-old pillar Alfie Barbeary. The XV de la Rose will leave largely the favorite of this meeting, where it will be able to benefit, in addition, from the support of 2000 supporters, following the easing of the health constraints decided by the government.
The group of 33 English:
Rear: Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (c), George Ford, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ollie Thorley, Jacob Umaga, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs
Forwards: Alfie Barbeary, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Jack Willis