Saracens - Farrell to captain England as 10 Sarries selected for South Africa tour

May 10, 2018

Farrell to captain England as 10 Sarries selected for South Africa tour


Owen Farrell will captain England on their tour to South Africa this summer.

The fly-half will take over leadership duties from Dylan Hartley who is absent with concussion.

Head Coach Eddie Jones has selected nine other Sarries for the three-Test series in June with Ben Earl and Ben Spencer picked for the first time.

Alex Lozowski could add to his four caps while Billy Vunipola is recalled having last played for England in the 2017 Six Nations.

Saracens Young Player of the Season Nick Isiekwe will travel, as will fellow forwards Jamie George, Maro Itoje and England Player of the Year Mako Vunipola.

Nathan Earle makes up the list from the Men in Black. 

England has only won 23 percent of their matches against the Springboks in South Africa with the last win coming in Bloemfontein back in 2000.  

Eddie Jones said: “Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016. We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before.  

“There are a number of players out injured or not selected so it provides a big opportunity for others.  

“With three weeks to prepare for the first Test in Johannesburg I am expecting players to come into camp with the right mind-set and we will be looking for them to break the mould in terms of being more assertive and on the front foot in everything we do.  

“We will need to be physically aggressive and tactically smart against the Springboks who we know will be combative and reinvigorated by their new coaching setup.”  

England will play South Africa in three Tests in Johannesburg (9 June), Bloemfontein (16 June) and Cape Town (23 June). All matches kick off at 1705 local time (1605 BST).  

Scott Wisemantel will join Jones’ coaching staff for the tour to South Africa as an attack consultant. The 48-year-old Australian was recently backs coach for Top 14 club Montpellier working with Jake White.    

England squad for South Africa Tour  

Backs  

Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)*
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)  

Inside backs
Danny Cipriani (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks)*
Dan Robson (Wasps)*
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)*
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)  

Forwards  

Back five
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Ben Earl (Saracens)*
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs)*
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)  
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Brad Shields (Hurricanes/Wasps)*
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Jack Willis (Wasps)*
Mark Wilson (Newcastle)  

Front row

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)  

Uncapped *         

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