- Jones names squad for Guinness Six Nations opener - read
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- Four uncapped players named in squad
England begin their Guinness Six Nations campaign away to Ireland on 2 February, and ahead of the tournament, Eddie Jones has named four uncapped players in his 35-man squad.
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Scrum half Dan Robson is a sharp operator, quick at the break down, deceptively fast with a high rugby IQ and sound kicking game.
After playing 88 times for Gloucester in five seasons between 2010-2015, Robson switched to Wasps where he enjoyed a successful debut campaign that earned him a call up to the England Saxons’ tour of South Africa in June 2016.
God that felt good. Awesome win, awesome support. Great way to kick off 2019 pic.twitter.com/oR4FVUQY9v— Dan Robson (@d_jrobson) January 6, 2019
A memorable try in that opening game against South Africa A was followed up by a fine performance a week later, and with it, Robson proved he could replicate domestic form on an international stage. This is not the first time England head coach Eddie Jones has recognised Robson, having included him in the tour of South Africa last summer, though he did not feature in a Test.
But Robson has represented England at U18, U19 and U20 level. In that latter squad he won the 2011 and 2012 Six Nations Championship, and reached the then IRB Junior World Championship final in 2011.
Eddie said: "We want that fast half back at the end of the game that can shift the ball quickly, and make breaks when the defences are sometimes fatigued at the end of the game. We wanted to look at Dan in November but unfortunately he was injured, so now is his opportunity."
Ben Earl was a member of the England U20 side that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2017, and later reached the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, where he scored a try against eventual winners New Zealand.
He scored a try on his Aviva Premiership debut against Exeter last March, and was also credited for changing the momentum of Saracens' Champions Cup game against Cardiff Blues last December, coming off the bench early in the second half to score two tries in five minutes.
In 2018, he captained England to a second place finish in the Six Nations U20 Championship, and scored two tries along the way - against Italy and Ireland respectively.
What Eddie said: “His development at Saracens has been quite impressive. We took him on the South Africa tour to have a look at him so he deserves this opportunity.”
Did you know? Ben swam at a national level and played cricket for Kent at U14 and U15 age grades respectively. He is also studying comparative literature at Queen Mary University.
Club: Worcester Warriors
Jack Singleton started for England in the non-Test meet with the Barbarians at Twickenham last May, and despite the 65-43 loss that day the hooker showed great promise, most notably making a break to set up a Piers Francis try.
That performance, plus good domestic form, was enough for Eddie Jones to call him into the South Africa touring group as a precaution, after Luke Cowan-Dickie experienced hamstring tightness following the first Test in Johannesburg, though he did not feature in a Test.
The 22-year-old came through the Worcester Warriors academy, and signed a first team contract with them ahead of the 2017/18 season. That term saw him make the most lineouts of anyone in the league (225), and complete 94% of his tackles.
The hooker is a former England Under 20 international who won the World Rugby U20 Championship title in 2016.
What Eddie said: “We’ve had Singleton in and around the camp since Argentina tour, and with Dylan’s absence he gets his opportunity.”
The accolade of being the youngest player to appear for Gloucester since the game went professional in 1997 belongs to Ollie Thorley.
He made his debut for the Cherry & Whites in 2013 as a 17-year-old, partnering World Cup winner Mike Tindall in the centre of an LV= Cup match, and has since gone on to prove himself as one of the brightest talents at Kingsholm.
A World Rugby U20 Championship winner in 2016, Thorley’s pace, power and eye for the try line has been evident no more so than this season, as he was named December's Premiership player of the month after scintillating performances domestically.
Did you know? Ollie’s great uncle Martin Britt played football for West Ham United. Thorley is also learning the piano, originally taking music lessons while injured.