Steve Borthwick names six uncapped players in England’s summer squad for Tests against Japan and New Zealand | Rugby Union News

Steve Borthwick has named six uncapped players in his England squad for the summer tour of Japan and New Zealand, with the two Tests against the All Blacks live on Sky Sports.

Harlequins prop Finn Baxter and center Luke Northmore, Bristol hooker Gabriel Ogre, Sale full-back Joe Carpenter and wing Tom Roebuck and Northampton wing Ollie Sleatholm have been named in the final squad.

In the forwards, players who did not make the original training squad included Greg Bisilau (Exeter Chiefs), Nick Isikwe (Saracens), Rusi Tuima (Exeter Chiefs) and Tom Willis (Saracens).

In the back row, Charlie Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby), Max Mullins (Bristol Bears), Raffy Quirke (Sale Sharks) and Jack van Poortwileet (Leicester Tigers) are the players who miss out.

England face Japan on June 22 before a two-Test series against New Zealand on July 6 and July 13. Sky Sports.

England head coach Steve Borthwick has named six uncapped players in his 36-man squad to face Japan and New Zealand this summer.

Saracens hooker Jamie George captained the side, despite Maro Itoje and Tom Curry being 80 minutes shy of the combined playing time per player for the season (35 matches or 2400 minutes), the latter playing just once for Sale. Sharks out of Rugby World Cup due to hip surgery

George Ford, Ellis Genge, Ollie Sessom and Elliot Daly were not available.

The RFU has confirmed England will train at Twickenham on Tuesday 11 June.

„The summer series presents a valuable opportunity for the continued development of this team, and a challenge to finish the season,” said Borthwick.

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„For some of the younger players, it will be their first time touring overseas with England. Traveling together is a great way to form close bonds and provides an important opportunity for new players to settle into our environment.

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“We will be challenged both on and off the field by the changes in weather, playing conditions and the different styles of rugby from the two opponents we face.

“The National Stadium in Tokyo is an incredible venue for Test match rugby and we will have to do very well against a fast-paced Japanese side.

„New Zealand’s home record is well documented and we face a team that came within a point of winning the World Cup.

„Historically this has not been a place where England have had great success, but we are determined to change that. The players know they have to be mentally and tactically smart to get the result we want.”

36-player England’s squad for the summer Tests has been announced

Forward (20):

Finn Baxter (Harlequins), Don Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Theo Donn (Saracens), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Ben Earl (Saracens), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Jamie George (Saracens, captain), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), George Martin (Leicester Tigers), Gabriel Ogre (Bristol Bears), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks), Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs), Will Stewart (Bath), Sam Underhill (Bath).

Back (16):

Joe Carpenter (Sale Sharks), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Emmanuel Faye-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Ally Lawrence (Bath), Alex Mitchell (Northampton), Luke Northmore (Harlequins), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Finn Smith (Northampton Saints), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Stewart (Leicester Tigers).

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England’s summer fixtures (UK and Irish time)

Saturday 22nd June – vs Japan (6.50 am)
Saturday 6 July – vs New Zealand (8.05 am), Live Sky Sports
Saturday 13 July – vs New Zealand (8.05 am), Live Sky Sports

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