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England name side for Barbarians clash

Eddie Jones has named his England squad to face the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham .

The starting XV will be boosted by the presence of Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), George Ford (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester) and Mike Brown (Harlequins) – who have 246 caps between them.

There are eight uncapped players starting with Jack Singleton (Worcester), Will Collier (Harlequins), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Sam Underhill (Bath), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Sam James (Sale) and Nathan Earle (Saracens) all named.

Despite the inexperience in the squad, England are still heavy favourites to win the game. For betting advice, check out the Rugby union betting tips at OddsDigger

“I’m excited about this squad playing the Barbarians on Sunday,” said head coach Jones. “The players have trained really well with intensity over the last few weeks and now we need to put that onto the field this weekend.

“While we have some really experienced players starting the game there is a great opportunity for some of the younger players to show what they are about against a Barbarians team full of quality international players.

“We will be treating this game as a Test match and expecting the Barbarians to start the game quickly. This match will be crucial preparation ahead of our two-Test series against Argentina next month.”

Robshaw and Ford co-captain the non-Test side on Sunday and Jones explained why he has shared the responsibility of leading the side.

“I’ve decided to have co-captains this weekend with Chris Robshaw and George Ford,” said Jones.

“We need the responsibility of leadership shared. Chris will look after the forwards and defence while George will look after the backs and attack. It splits the responsibility nicely and with so many younger players there we need co-captains rather than just one guy responsible for everything.”

Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Ryan Mills, Nick Schonert (both Worcester) and Marland Yarde (Harlequins) were not considered for selection due to injury.  Both Buchanan and Mills have been released from camp.

England: Mike Brown, Nathan Earle Sam James, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, George Ford , Danny Care; Ellis Genge, Jack Singleton, Will Collier, Charlie Ewels , Nick Isiekwe, Chris Robshaw, Sam Underhill, Josh Beaumont.

Replacements: George McGuigan, Ross Harrison, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Tom Ellis, Ben Curry, Mark Wilson, 22 Richard Wigglesworth, Mike Haley

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