- Jones announces NatWest 6 Nations squad
- Eight uncapped players feature
- Jones on squad ahead of NatWest 6 Nations
England begin the defence of their NatWest 6 Nations title against Italy on Sunday 4 February and head coach Eddie Jones has included eight uncapped players in his 35-man squad. Here's all you need to know about England's new recruits...
Smith burst onto the domestic scene this season, starting for Harlequins in their first game of the Aviva Premiership campaign, against London Irish at Twickenham Stadium. Since then, the young fly half has featured in 18 games for John Kingston's men, and notched up an impressive 159 points.
Born in the Philippines, Smith was raised in Singapore and moved to England six years ago, where he attended Brighton College. He has represented England at U16, U18 and U20 level.
Quick feet, electric pace and sound game management are highly praised characteristics of the Quin, and he possesses a rugby IQ that surpasses his 18 years.
Eddie said: "He's got a lot to work on in his game and what we want to do is educate him so that, in whatever period of time, two weeks, five months or two years, he is ready to play Test rugby."
Club: Bath Rugby
Mercer led England U20s to Six Nations Grand Slam glory in March 2017, and scored a decisive try three months later in the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-finals to send England into the final against New Zealand.
The backrower made his debut for West Country outfit Bath on 10 September 2016 against Newcastle Falcons, and ever since, his unique style of play has cemented him as a fan favourite at The Rec.
At 6’3 and 105kg Mercer is a strong ball-carrier, quick from the base of any pack and has an impressive skillset.
Did you know? Zach’s father, Gary, won 22 caps for New Zealand at rugby league, captained Leeds Rhinos, was player-coach at Halifax and head coach at Castleford Tigers.
Eddie said: "Zach Mercer has a chance of being selected, especially with the absence of Nathan and Billy he comes into contention at the No 8 role and we’ve been really impressed with how hard he’s worked at Bath off and on the field in terms of his defence. He is a naturally gifted player in terms of attack and is exciting to watch."
Club: Bath Rugby
Formerly a prop, Dunn made the transition to hooker in 2012, after impressing the then Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley during an A-League fixture.
Since his debut against Calvisano that season, he has featured 51 times for the West Country side, and is widely credited for his powerful scrummaging and effective ball-carrying in open play.
33 - @tomdunn92 made 33 tackles against @RCTofficiel at the weekend, the most recorded by a player in the @ChampionsCup since Opta began collecting this data (2009/10), beating the record he'd set one week earlier. Familiar. pic.twitter.com/8cSdFytamX— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) December 18, 2017
The 24-year-old was part of a three-day England pre-season camp in Oxford at the back end of 2017, where head coach Eddie Jones asked the Bath hooker to improve his set-piece accuracy and body composition.
Eddie said: "He is a good, tough, no-nonsense hooker and is a little bit like Dylan, he is a butcher like Dylan. We like to have a butcher in the hooker position."
Club: Exeter Chiefs
England Rugby fans may remember Australian-born Alec Hepburn when he was selected for the England Saxons tour of South Africa in 2016, where he started both games against South Africa A, scoring a try in the first meet.
At 6’1 and 108kg, Hepburn has all the physical attributes associated with the modern day loose head prop, and carries out the role with added dynamism. He was an integral part of Exeter's Aviva Premiership title win last season.
Hepburn played alongside current team mates Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade at U20 level.
Now the 25-year-old has earned a senior call up after a string of impressive performances on the domestic scene, as well as on the European circuit.
Eddie said: "He's been a good performer for his club. He's a young prop who went on the Saxons tour two years ago so this is a great opportunity for him."
Nathan Earle made a good first impression on England fans when he scored a try in the 28-14 win over the Barbarians last summer.
The Saracens wing showed blistering pace that day, a skill he has used time and again since his professional debut against Worcester Warriors in 2012, and it’s that acceleration - coupled with a great understanding of support play - that has given the 23-year-old a fearsome reputation for finishing.
He was also part of the successful England side that won the World Rugby U20 Championship title in 2014, where he crossed the whitewash six times in five matches.
Did you know? In a bid to further his rugby education, Earle has spent time at Championship sides Bedford Blues and London Scottish, as well as New Zealand regional side Canterbury.
Eddie said: "Nathan wasn’t playing Premiership rugby when we took him to Argentina, but he’s played a bit, got fitter and he works harder off the ball."
Club: Northampton Saints
Harry Mallinder captained England to a World Rugby U20 Championship title in Manchester in 2016, scoring 23 points in the final against Ireland, en route to a man-of-the-match performance.
The 21-year-old is the definition of a utility back, able to control a game from fly half, make tackles and gain metres in the centre or organise and defuse high ball threats in the number 15 shirt. It’s for this rare ability to cover an array of positions, that he is so prominent at Franklin’s Gardens.
Mallinder's performances last year earned him England recognition, as Eddie Jones named him in the senior squad to tour Argentina, although he did not feature in either Test.
Eddie said: "He’s a good player. He’s a nice, natural footballer and he understands the game pretty well, he moves well, finds space and he’s worth investing in."
Lewis Boyce signed for Harlequins at the start of the season from Yorkshire Carnegie, where he made 30 appearances for the Greene King IPA Championship side.
The loose head prop is another England U20 alumni who was part of the 2016 outfit that won the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester.
Since joining the west Londoners in the Aviva Premiership, the 21-year-old has made 12 appearances across the domestic competition and the Champions Cup.
Eddie said: "Lewis Boyce is a good young strong prop and has his opportunity because of Ellis Genge, Matt Mullan and so he has a chance. He is a good chop tackler, a tough boy and player of the future."
Club: Newcastle Falcons
Flanker Gary Graham is in his first spell of top flight rugby after joining Newcastle Falcons this season following two-and-a-half years at Championship side Jersey Reds.
His England call up comes off the back of impressive performances for a Falcons side that are enjoying one of their best Aviva Premiership seasons in recent years.