May 30, 2017
Six Sarries star in Twickenham showdown
Sunday saw 6 Saracens in action at Twickenham, as England defeated the Barbarians 28-14 in an exciting 5-try encounter at the home of English Rugby.
Nathan Earle, Alex Lozowski and Nick Isiekwe lined up for England, with Richard Wigglesworth named on the bench, in a side made up of young, ‘up-and-coming’ players and a handful of more experienced heads. The trio faced some familiar opposition in the Barbarians’ ranks, as team-mates Schalk Brits and Alex Goode were selected for the famous invitational side.
On his first appearance for the Senior England side, Nathan Earle crossed for England’s first try of the game, with the remainder of the first half points coming from the boot of the Leicester-bound George Ford, leaving the half time score at 13-0.
Alex Goode, donning the black and white of the Barbarians, was instrumental in the attacking flair of the visitors. Having narrowly missed an opportunity to dot down himself in the first half and having provided several key offloads all over the field, he managed to create some space and get the ball out to Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper who opened the second half’s scoring with the Baa-Baa’s first points of the day.
Earle’s debut try-scoring heroics were repeated by 19-year-old Saracen Nick Isiekwe, who secured the win for England, crossing the whitewash to score after some slick hands from the men in white in front of a crowd of 51,636, with a further try coming in the last play of the game, courtesy of Danny Care.
After briefly featuring whilst full-back Mike Brown went for a head injury assessment, Wigglesworth came on to replace Nathan Earle in the 73rd minute, whilst Brits made an appearance off the bench for the Baa-Baa’s.
The non-cap match was the final match to be played before England embark on their two-match tour of Argentina, and Eddie Jones has since announced the squad that will be travelling to South America to face Los Pumas, who were drawn in the same Rugby World Cup pool as England earlier this month.
Despite a suspected shoulder injury forcing Lozowski’s premature substitution at Twickenham on Sunday, he makes the final cut for the tour, alongside teammates Nick Isiekwe and Nathan Earle. England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: "I'm really excited about this Test series in Argentina. It is a big opportunity for this group and we are going out there to win 2-0. The players who have been in camp over the last few weeks have done extremely well and the win against a Barbarians team full of top internationals yesterday is testament to the hard work they have put in."
For the latest news on how Saracens players are getting on in Argentina and on this summer’s Lions Tour, keep an eye on updates from Saracens.com and across Saracens social media.
England squad to tour Argentina
Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Will Collier (Harlequins, uncapped)
Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Dylan Hartley, captain (Northampton Saints, 84 caps)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 8 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, uncapped)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 42 caps)
Matt Mullan (Wasps, 15 caps)
Chris Robshaw, vice-captain (Harlequins, 55 caps)
Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
Tommy Taylor (Wasps, 1 cap)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
Mike Brown, vice-captain (Harlequins, 60 caps)
Danny Care, vice-captain (Harlequins, 71 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish, uncapped)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1cap)
Nathan Earle (Saracens, uncapped)
George Ford, vice-captain (Bath Rugby, 36 caps)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Sam James (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens, uncapped)
Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 25 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 11 caps)
England’s two-Test tour to Argentina:
Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, 10 June, kick-off 815pm (BST).
Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Santa Fe, 17 June, kick-off 815pm (BST).