England squad announcement live: latest updates as Eddie Jones reveals squad to face the Barbarians

England's coach Eddie Jones looks on during an England rugby training session in Twickenham, greater London on October 17, 2020. - AFPEngland's coach Eddie Jones looks on during an England rugby training session in Twickenham, greater London on October 17, 2020. - AFP

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England’s coach Eddie Jones looks on during an England rugby training session in Twickenham, greater London on October 17, 2020. – AFP

09:08 AM

Elliot Daly is unavailable for the Barbarians match

As is Joe Marler, or will continue with his ‘reconditioning’, whatever that means.

09:05 AM

Overall squad impression

It looks a very strong squad to face the Barbarians – with reinforcements from Exeter, Wasps and Bristol to come for later matches.

Ben Spencer remains the main omission at this stage.

With Manu Tuilagi injured, the battle for the 13 jersey will be fascinating. Jonathan Joseph, Joe Marchant and Ollie Lawrence all named in this 32-man squad with Henry Slade to join the team at some point.

09:02 AM

Still no Ben Spencer…

George Furbank is back involved, as is Piers Francis.

09:00 AM

England squad announced:

08:56 AM

Here is a reminder of England’s upcoming autumn schedule

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England’s autumn fixtures

08:50 AM

A number of exciting youngsters have been involved with England this week

None more so than Ollie Lawrence. The Worcester centre is a special talent who combines pace and power with intelligent running lines.

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England's Ollie Lawrence takes part in an England rugby training session in Twickenham in London on October 17, 2020. - AFPEngland's Ollie Lawrence takes part in an England rugby training session in Twickenham in London on October 17, 2020. - AFP

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England’s Ollie Lawrence takes part in an England rugby training session in Twickenham in London on October 17, 2020. – AFP

08:43 AM

Ben Spencer was the big omission last time around

The in-form scrum-half was not called up while a number of his Bath colleagues were. It seems an odd decision.

Spencer has an excellent kicking game, good basic skills, brings control, is very quick, has plenty of club experience and can even kick at goal if required.

Ben Youngs has not been at his best for a little while and Spencer, now 28, along with Dan Robson, seem primed to take over the nine shirt between them.

Will Eddie include him today?

08:37 AM

Here is a look at the most recent training squad from a few days ago

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Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt*, Tom Dunn*, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes*, Ted Hill, Maro Itoje, Simon Kerrod*, Beno Obano*, David Ribbans*, Billy Vunipola, Mark Wilson.

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Ali Crossdale*, Elliot Daly, Tom de Glanville*, Fraser Dingwall*, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Willi Heinz, Ollie Lawrence*, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell*, Ollie Thorley*, Ben Youngs.

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Charlie Ewels, Jonathan Joseph, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Anthony Watson

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Will there be many new faces added to this squad? Or will the reconditioning players just be added fully into preparations?

08:25 AM

Good morning, another intriguing Eddie Jones selection awaits

Eddie Jones will announce his England squad to take on the Barbarians as part of their preparation for a busy Autumn campaign.

The England coach will be unable to select players who are involved in the Premiership final – which takes place the day before. However, due to the positive coronavirus tests at Wasps, Bristol players will also be unavailable in case they are called upon, meaning Jones has nine sides to pick from.

For the Barbarians, Chris Robshaw will play against England in his last match before heading to play in the United States. There are 11 Saracens in the squad including Richard Wigglesworth, Sean Maitland, Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola. The Barbarians are being coached by Vern Cotter, the current Fiji coach, and unsurprisingly seven Fijians will also be involved.

England have been in training camp at the Lensbury over the past two weeks with the squad changing depending on the availability of club players. 

They have formed a biosecure bubble to protect the players against Covid-19. Of the unusual situation the players find themselves in Jones said:

“Togetherness is about the players driving it, the senior players, particularly. We’ve tried to make the environment as friendly as we can but it’s a balance between hard work and enjoyment. The task is always to get that right. The staff have done a fantastic job setting up the Lensbury. I think we’re well-equipped to handle what’s ahead of us.

“As the circumstances are a bit different we need to be aware of that and take it into consideration of how we structure the team environment. We will make sure we have the necessary support. But they also have to understand how grateful they should be for their opportunity to play for England and play sport at the top level. The world is in a difficult situation and they have a great opportunity to play rugby and represent England and I expect them to be full of beans and ready to go.”

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