England head coach Eddie Jones dives into a pool of untapped talent for games against the US and Canada with 12 senior stars from Lions service
- England head coach Jones makes a preliminary selection on Thursday
- The first roster does not include players involved in the Premiership playoffs
- Miles Reid, Bevan Rodd and Joe Cokanasiga are expected to make the roster
Eddie Jones will unveil a new generation of England talent on Thursday when he announces his preliminary roster for the games against the US and Canada.
With 12 senior players gone from the Lions, and the likes of George Ford and Jonny May equipped, Jones is poised to dive into a pool of untapped talent, including Miles Reid, 22, and Bevan Rodd, 20.
Jones could be leaning heavily on a young Leicester contingent, with Freddie Steward, 20, Joe Heyes, 22, George Martin and Dan Kelly, both 19, all on his radar. His first roster will not include players from Bristol, Exeter, Harlequins, Sale and Saracens, who have upcoming play-off games.
Eddie Jones announces preliminary roster for games against the US and Canada on Thursday
Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga, who last played for England during the 2019 World Cup, is expected to be recalled.
Versatile striker Alfie Barbeary was also on Jones’ mind, but he’s injured.
The squad will meet in Lensbury on Sunday, before traveling to Leicester for an England A game against Scotland A.
Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds are expected to join the squad at the end of their respective club campaigns.
Promising forwards Miles Reid (above) and Bevan Rodd are ready for England England recalls