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Autumn Internationals – what you need to know

With the squads now named for the Autumn Internationals, there’s a whole lot of drama to look forward to. We take a look at what you need to know before it all kicks off!

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England 

Eddie Jones’s 34 man squad is listed below in full, leaving out experienced flanker James Haskell and calling up Exeter back-row Sam Simmonds for the first time. Jones said of leaving out Haskell: 

“At the moment he’s just not playing well enough, but the door isn’t shut to him. He’s been a great servant to English rugby and I’m sure he can regain his form.”

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins) *, Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *, Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

Wales 

Warren Gatland has named his 36-man squad for matches against Australia, Georgia, South Africa and New Zealand. Despite being ineligible for the first three matches, Haleigh Parks has been selected for the squad; head coach Wayne Pivac said of Haleigh ‘Obviously I am elated for him. Since he has been here he has been a strong part of the team and has had some pretty consistent performances over the last three years so I am thrilled for him.’ 

Forwards: Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Kristian Dacey, Elliot Dee, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Cross, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric;

Backs: Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Rhys Priestland, Owen Williams, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams.

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Scotland 

Gregor Townsend has made the unusual decision of including 10 uncapped players in his 36 man squad ahead of Murrayfield Tests against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. The Scotland coach has also decided to leave out experienced and bountiful try-scorer Tim Visser, seen as a controversial decision by many.

Forwards: S Berghan (Edinburgh), J Bhatti (Glasgow), J Barclay (Scarlets, captain), S Cummings (Glasgow), C Du Preez (Edinburgh), Z Fagerson (Glasgow), R Ford (Edinburgh), G Gilchrist (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow), R Harley (Glasgow), L Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), D Marfo (Edinburgh), S McInally (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), J Ritchie (Edinburgh), T Swinson (Glasgow), B Toolis (Edinburgh), G Turner (Glasgow), R Wilson (Glasgow), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh).

Backs: P Burleigh (Edinburgh), A Dunbar (Glasgow), D Fife (Edinburgh), N Fowles (Edinburgh), C Harris (Newcastle Falcons), N Grigg (Glasgow), S Hogg (Glasgow), P Horne (Glasgow), R Jackson (Glasgow), L Jones (Glasgow), H Jones (Stormers), B McGuigan (Sale Sharks), A Price (Glasgow), H Pyrgos (Glasgow), F Russell (Glasgow), T Seymour (Glasgow)

Fixtures of interest….

Sat 4 Nov

Barbarians v New Zealand

Twickenham Stadium, London

These two much-loved teams will clash at Twickenham in what promises to be an epic showdown. Back-to-back champions All Blacks will meet popular invitation team Barbarians and it’s sure to be a collision of styles, traditions and history. 

England will play three Autumn International matches at Twickenham during the ‘Old Mutual Wealth Series’ in November 2017England’s opponents will be …

Sat 11 Nov

England v Argentina

Twickenham Stadium, London

Last year saw England defeat Argentina in this fixture and the match was alive with drama – 2 red cards, yellow cards and a 27-14 win for England

Sat 18 Nov

England v Australia

Twickenham Stadium, London

The Wallabies had great promise at beating England this time last year, but as it was, England dug deep to come back and eventually win the match. Eddie Jones has a soft spot for defeating Australia, so emotions are sure to be running high! 

Sat 25 Nov

England v Samoa

Twickenham Stadium, London

Samoa are fans of putting on a good show on a big stage, so this will be a display of grandeur. Can England put up a good fight to defeat this physical side? Prepare for a good show! 

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