Jones challenges England rookies to seize their chance to impress

New kids on the block! Eddie Jones challenges England’s rookies to seize their chance to impress after calling up 21 uncapped players for summer Tests against USA and Canada

  • Eddie Jones turned to England’s future when picking his first summer Test squad 
  • Australian opted to select 21 uncapped players as he looks to the next generation
  • Newcastle’s Adam Radwan and Bath’s Max Ojomoh will have a chance to shine
  • They will be joined alongside experienced names Ellis Genge and Sam Underhill 

Eddie Jones challenged his young England tyros to become the next Tom Curry this summer – usurping the absent Lions to force their way into 2023 World Cup contention.

After selecting 21 uncapped prospects in a provisional 34-man squad for summer games for England ‘A’ against Scotland ‘A’ and the senior Test side against USA and Canada, Jones trumped his own record figure of untried call-ups from 2017/18 – the last time the Lions were away.

Amid Sportsmail’s predicted inclusions of Bath flanker Miles Reid, 22, Leicester’s full-back Freddie Steward, 20, prop Joe Heyes, 22, and 19-year-olds George Martin and Dan Kelly, there were the usual curve-balls.

Eddie Jones has gone for youth after naming 21 uncapped players in his England squad

One who Jones is ‘punting on his potential’ is Bath centre Max Ojomoh – who has only played 91 minutes of Premiership action – who is in with other unheralded names like London Irish lock Chunya Munga, 20, and Newcastle’s Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison and Sean Robinson.

There are second chances too for Joe Cokanasiga, Jack Singleton, Ben Spencer and Lewis Ludlam, fringe members of the 2019 World Cup squad, Ludlam the only of those to win a single cap since.

Whether known to the wider public or not, Jones wants these newbies to become household names like Lions flanker Curry who he unearthed as a teenager four years ago.

‘We originally picked Ben Curry ahead of Tom Curry because we thought Ben was the better prospect,’ Jones said of Sale’s twins.

‘Then Ben got injured and Tom has gone on and would now be considered one of the foremost back rowers in the world. 


Newcastle’s Adam Radwan (left) will have a chance to impress, as well as Bath’s Miles Reid

Former Ireland Under-20 star Dan Kelly is another uncapped player to be called up

‘It is where these players can go and how far they can take their careers. They will decide where they go to – there is no limit to it.

‘We had Chris Robshaw who was an outstanding player for us, but when Tom Curry came in he never got his place back. So it is so exciting for us to see where these young players can go.

‘It’s a bit like cricket. You can watch batsmen bat in the nets and they can look the best player in the world. But when they get in the middle and there’s a bit of heat on they’ve got to find a way to be successful.

‘When they play well in their first couple of Tests you’ve got a pretty good indication they’re going to be good Test players.’

England head coach has urged his young squad to turn talent into performance this summer

As Sportsmail revealed last month Jones decided to leave senior men Jonny May, Ben Youngs and George Ford to rest this summer – the latter managing a calf problem – a ‘one-way conversation’ as he put it.

‘Sometimes you just need to tell the players what they need,’ added Jones, not concerned that Ford and May might have wanted to keep playing in case of a late Lions call.

‘This is a golden period for them to regenerate.’

It means only Sam Underhill, the captaincy favourite, Ellis Genge, Charlie Ewels and Dan Robson have double figures of caps.

Players from Bristol, Exeter, Sale and Harlequins will be added when they finish their domestic seasons, but for now the 21 new boys can spice up England’s summer like Curry did in 2017.

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD 

Forwards 

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped) 

Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped) 

Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped) 

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 21 caps) 

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps) 

Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, uncapped) 

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)

Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)

Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps)

Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, uncapped) 

Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap) 

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 8 caps) 

Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped) 

George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap) 

Chunya Munga (London Irish, uncapped) 

Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 1 cap) 

Miles Reid (Bath Rugby, uncapped) 

Sean Robinson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped) 

Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps) 

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 22 caps) 

Harry Wells (Leicester Tigers, uncapped) 

Tom Willis (Wasps, uncapped) 

Backs 

Josh Bassett (Wasps, uncapped) 

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 9 caps) 

Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby, uncapped) 

Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped) 

Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped) 

Dan Kelly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped) 

Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 6 caps) 

Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, uncapped) 

Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby, uncapped) 

Tom Parton (London Irish, uncapped) 

Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped) 

Dan Robson (Wasps, 12 caps) 

Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 4 caps) 

Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, uncapped) 

Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped) 




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