Billy Vunipola returns to England for tour of Australia with eight players without restrictions | Rugby Union News

Billy Wonipola has been named to Eddie Jones’ 36-player squad for a three-match streak against Australia, live on Sky Sports; Vunipola last participated for England in the Six Nations in 2021; Eight unlimited players are included, but Harlequins support Joe Marler misses

Last updated: 20/06/22 10:48


Eddie Jones shares his thoughts on his last England squad, as well as looking back on defeat at Barbary

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Eddie Jones shares his thoughts on his last England squad, as well as looking back on defeat at Barbary

Eddie Jones shares his thoughts on his last England squad, as well as looking back on defeat at Barbary

Billy Wunipola was called up to the England squad by Eddie Jones for the Australian summer tour, along with eight unrestricted players.

Injuries to Alex Dombrand and Sam Simmonds, ranked No. 8, opened the door for Unipola for his first international appearance last year at Six Nations.

The 29-year-old did not appear in the England team until Jones hired his 36-man squad to face the Wallabies in three tests starting in Perth on July 2.

Vunipola was knocked out in the final stages of Saturday’s final loss of the Gallagher Premiership to Leicester and a day later Jones suggested he would not be able to tour due to a head injury.

Danny Kerr has been selected by England head coach Eddie Jones

Danny Kerr has been selected by England head coach Eddie Jones

Joe Marler and Premier League player of the year Ben Earl are notable absentees from the group, who will leave for Australia on Tuesday, but veteran Danny Kerr is present as he approaches his first game since 2018.

The 19-year-old sensation of the London Irishman Henry Arundel was included after he disappeared Sunday’s defeat of the barbarians due to muscle tension, although he was described as an “apprentice player” along with Will Joseph.

Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter, Patrick Schickerling, Jack van Purtvliet and Jack Walker were also selected.

England was humbled by the barbarians on Sunday

England was humbled by the barbarians on Sunday

Head coach Jones said: “Although we have 10 players who are not available due to injury, we have chosen a very strong team capable of winning the series. This team is a real mix of young, talented players and some very experienced, senior players and we “We look forward to bringing the band together.

“This tour will be a great experience for the band and a crucial part of the successful work for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. We will continue to develop the foundation of the team and the way we want to play.

“We’ve put a lot of work into preparing for the tour over the last few weeks, but now the hard work is really starting when we finally get the team on the plane and to Australia.”

Alex Dombrand, Joe Cocanassiga, George Ford, Sam Simmonds, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Sinclair, Anthony Watson, Louis Lina and George Fairbank are unavailable due to injury

Following the opening of the series in Perth, England will face Australia in Brisbane and Sydney on July 9 and 16, respectively.

England scored a series of whites over the Wallabies on their last tour of Australia in 2016.

The England team of 36 players for a tour of Australia

Forward
Ollie Chesham (Leicester Tigers, 2 games), Luke Cowen-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 34 games), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 40 games), Charlie Wells (Bath Rugby, 30 games), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 36 games) ))), Jamie George (Saracini, 66 games), Joe Hayes (Leicester Tigers, 2 games), Johnny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 games), Nick Isiekue (Saracini, 7 games), Maro Itohe (Saracini, 56 games) , Courtney Lowes (Northampton Saints, 93 games), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 11 games), Bevan Rod (Sale Sharks, 2 games), Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, no hats), Will Stewart (Bath Rugby, 20) , Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 games), Billy Wonipola (Saracens, 61 games), Mako Wonipola (Saracens, 67 games), Jack Walker (Harlequins, no hats), Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 games)

Backs
Henry Arundel (Irishman from London, without hat, *apprentice player), Danny Kerr (Harlequins, 84 games), Joe Cocanassiga (Bath Rugby, 11 games), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, unlimited), Owen Farrell (Saracini, 94 games), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, Unlimited), Unbound Saints, 6 caps), Will Joseph (Irishman from London, without cap, *apprentice player), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 12 games), Johnny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 games), Jack Knowell (Exeter Chiefs, 39 games), Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, no hats), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 games), Jack van Poortvlit (Leicester Tigers, uncapped), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 10 games), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 10 games)

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