- Jones names squad for South Africa
- Eight uncapped players make the cut
- England's schedule against Springboks
England take on South Africa on 9 June in the first of a three-Test tour and head coach Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in his squad. Here's all you need to know about England's new faces...
Brad Shields will ply his trade in the Aviva Premiership from next season at the conclusion of his Super Rugby commitments, after signing a deal with Wasps in November 2017.
The current Hurricanes captain, known for his versatility across the back row, qualifies to play for England through his parents, and brings a wealth of experience beyond his 27 years with him.
In addition to winning the Super Rugby title with the Wellington-based outfit in 2016, Shields was part of the Barbarians team that held South Africa to a 31-31 draw at Wembley Stadium the same year, and he also played against the British & Irish Lions last summer.
He is a solid ball carrier and a menace at the breakdown – a real physical presence.
Did you know? Brad won the World Rugby U20 Championship with New Zealand U20s in 2011 against England.
Eddie Jones on Shields: "He's an excellent player, he plays for the best team in the southern hemisphere. He's a considerable influence in their team and he's a hard working, gritty player. He's a great back up to Chris Robshaw for us."
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.
The intelligent back rower recently committed his future to club side Saracens, who he has made 16 senior appearances for. He scored a try on his Aviva Premiership debut against reigning champions Exeter in March, and also featured from the bench during Sarries’ Champions Cup loss to Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin last December.
In 2018, Earl 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.
Did you know? Ben swam at national level and played cricket for Kent at U14 and U15.
Club: Exeter Chiefs
At 6’7 and 112kg, Jonny Hill is an imposing figure, but has quietly gone about his business in the engine room of reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.
From a stint at Hartpury College, which led to a couple of Anglo Welsh Cup appearances for Gloucester, to the Chiefs, where he made his debut in January 2016 against the Cherry & Whites, Hill has proven himself a fierce competitor at the highest level of the domestic scene.
Credited for his hard work ethic around the field, the 23-year-old is an outstanding line out operator, whose size doesn’t hamper his athleticism.
A flanker who can also play No 8, Wasps’ Jack Willis has risen quickly through the ranks at Ricoh Arena, as his Aviva Premiership Player of the Month award for February would suggest.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut against Sale Sharks in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November 2016, and months later against the same opposition, he gained his Premiership stripes.
Solid at the breakdown and strong, effective ball-carrying are trademarks of his game. Willis won the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship with England in Manchester.
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 and 2015, Robson switched to Wasps where he enjoyed a successful debut campaign that earned him a call for the England Saxons’ tour of South Africa in June 2016.
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.
He has scored 27 tries for Dai Young’s men in 83 appearances, and represented England at U18, U19 and U20 level. Dan was part of the U20 squad that won the 2011 and 2012 Six Nations Championship and reached the then IRB Junior World Championship final in 2011.
Club: Sale Sharks
At just 18, Cameron Redpath made his England U20 debut against Wales in February this year, scoring in the 37-12 win. A month later and Redpath was at it again, this time in Beziers against France, where he barrelled over to register England’s only try in a 22-6 victory.
The son of 60-times capped former Scotland scrum half Bryan Redpath, who captained his country on 26 occasions, Cameron made his senior debut for Sale Sharks in the 24-21 Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium in November last year.
Did you know? In his first six appearances for England U18s, including four off the bench, Redpath scored six tries.
Eddie Jones on Redpath: "He's a good young player who has great potential to play for England. He's got lovely skills, runs straight, good catch and pass skills, a nice feel for the game so an exciting player for us."
Nathan Earle made a good first impression on England fans when he scored a try in the 28-14 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham 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 24-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.
Since making his Aviva Premiership debut against Wasps at Twickenham in September 2011, Ben Spencer has amassed over 100 appearances for the north London outfit, including featuring in the 2017 Champions Cup triumph in Edinburgh.
The 25-year-old is quick off the mark, and is supremely accurate from the boot, a skill he shares with stablemate Richard Wigglesworth. These attributes, coupled with fine form saw him represent England U20s at the 2012 World Rugby U20 Championship, and England Saxons later that year.
His first England U20 appearances were off the bench for Dan Robson against France at Vannes and Ireland at Adams Park in 2012 and he played in four of the five matches that followed in the then IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.