Jamie George joins England’s squad ahead of schedule for their Autumn Nations clash with Japan after sustaining a foot injury with Saracens last month; England look set to hit back after a surprising loss to Argentina at Twickenham.
Last updated: 07/11/22 2:05 PM
Jamie George has been named as part of Eddie Jones’ 36-man England squad ahead of their upcoming Autumn Nations Series game against Japan this weekend.
The Saracens hooker was expected to miss his country’s games against Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa after sustaining a foot injury against Leicester Tigers in early October.
A club statement suggested that George, who has 69 caps for England since he made his first start in November 2017, would miss around 10 weeks of action before returning in early December.
His return to the squad coincided with that of Northampton Saints duo Tommy Freeman and Alex Mitchell, who share three caps.
England kicked off their Autumn Nations Series campaign on Sunday with a shocking 30-29 defeat to Argentina, in which Emiliano Boffelli gave 25 points – their first loss to the Pumas at Twickenham in 16 years.
Jones lamented careless mistakes but insisted afterwards that he was not concerned about the execution.
“Not [concerned] not at all. Not at all. I think we will play that game 100 times, and the result will not be the same,” he said.
“We don’t have to worry about trust. I just want to repeat things right.
“I’ve seen enough good things about it [England squad], and some crazy things that sometimes happen when you try too hard. As I said leading up to the game, I think our attitude to be the best team we can be is really good.”
Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 1 cap), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 38 caps), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 42 caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 40 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 69 caps) , Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 16 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 59 caps), Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped), David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Sean Robinson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 53 caps), Jack Singleton (Gloucester, Rugby, 3 caps), Hugh Tizard (Saracens, capless), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 65 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 71 caps), Jack Willis (Wasps, 5 caps).
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 13 caps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 98 caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps), Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap), Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 43 caps), Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 49 caps), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 14 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 47 caps), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 118 caps).