- Eddie Jones names squad for Argentina
- Four uncapped players named in squad
- Mercer and Smith will play 'apprentice' roles
England play Argentina on 11 November in their first Old Mutual Wealth Test of the autumn and head coach Eddie Jones has included some unfamiliar faces in his squad ahead of the clash. We profile the newbies...
The Australian has included Tom Dunn, Sam Simmonds, Zach Mercer and Marcus Smith in his 34-man squad, although Mercer and Smith will not play any part in the three Test Old Mutual Wealth Series.
Club: Bath Rugby
Since his debut against Calvisano that season, he has featured 47 times for the West Country side, and is widely credited for his powerful scrummaging and effective ball-carrying in open play."We like to have a butcher in the hooker position."
The 24-year-old was part of a three-day England pre-season camp in Oxford last month, where head coach Eddie Jones asked the Bath hooker to improve his set-piece accuracy and body composition.
Eddie's view: "We were really impressed with Tom Dunn at the end of the season and unfortunately he was injured otherwise he would have gone on the Argentina tour. 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
Simmonds featured towards the back end of last season for Exeter Chiefs, and sent them to the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, after scoring the winning try in the dying embers of the semi-final clash with Saracens.
The 22 year-old has made 26 appearances for the Chiefs, scoring 13 tries, and has been key for Rob Baxter's men so far this season as they look to defend their domestic title.
He scored two tries in Exeter's opening loss to Gloucester at Kingsholm this season. At 6ft and 16 stone, the Torquay man packs a punch.
Eddie's view: "Sam Simmonds is a good young player, he runs good support lines, is a good ball carrier is brave defensively and we need to find the right position for him. I don’t know if he is big enough to play international No 8 but we’ll have a good look at him and find out a little more about him. It’s a great opportunity for him."
Club: Bath Rugby
Mercer led England U20s to Six Nations Grand Slam glory last March, 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 last year against Newcastle Falcons, and since, has made 15 appearances for them. 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.
After switching to union, he coached Glasgow Warriors, Scotland U16 and was head coach at Yorkshire Carnegie until February 2015. As for Zach, he is half New Zealand and one eighth Maori.
Eddie's view: "Zach Mercer has got great potential what he needs to show us now is how hard he is prepared to work."
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 six times for John Kingston's men, and notched up an impressive 64 points.
Born in the Philippines, Smith was raised in Singapore and moved to England five 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's view: "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."