The leaves are falling from the trees, there’s a definite chill in the air and Halloween fever is taking over. In our office, this can mean only one thing, autumn is here and international rugby will soon return to Twickenham.
Unbeaten in 2016, England will take on the Springboks on Saturday 12 November in the first of four consecutive Old Mutual Wealth Series matches. Fiji, Argentina and Australia will all follow South Africa through the lions’ gate and Eddie Jones’ men will have to be firing on all cylinders if they are to remain undefeated – a feat which is difficult to achieve by anyone’s standards!
With the challenge that lies ahead of a team already ravaged by injuries, Eddie Jones has bolstered his squad with a selection of talented, but uncapped players. And with the game against South Africa just over 2 weeks away, we thought you might like to find out a little more about the new boys in the England squads
The 23 year-old prop exploded onto the scene at Harlequins last season in the front row. Sinckler has demonstrated a mature scrummaging technique and speed in open play, highlighted by his three scintillating tries in the Aviva Premiership.
Did you know? During his time at Graveney School in Tooting Sinckler encouraged his PE teacher to set up a rugby team which he drove forwards
The Bath lock was selected for the Saxons’ two-match tour of South Africa in June, where he made his debut in the opening win in Bloemfontein, before aiding in the second triumph in George.
Did you know? Charlie studied for A-levels in maths, economics, geography and chemistry
Haley made his senior debut for Sale Sharks in March 2013 at the age of 18, in an Aviva Premiership fixture against Saracens, and is now a stalwart of Steve Diamond’s team.
He was selected for the Saxons’ summer tour in June, where he featured in the 24–32 win over South Africa A in Bloemfontein. Injury followed in the repeat fixture at George, when the full-back dislocated his shoulder in the third minute.
Did you know? Haley started off as a forward, and has played in every position in the backline
Ben Te’o converted to rugby union in 2014 after he won the NRL World Series with South Sydney Rabbitohs.
After a stint at Irish provincial side Leinster, Te’o joined Worcester Warriors in June, and had an immediate impression on the English coaching staff.
Did you know? Te’o won the NRL Series with the Rabbitohs alongside former England centre Sam Burgess
Hughes could have played rugby for Fiji by birth, Samoa through parentage or New Zealand via residency, but the 25-year-old chose England, and has now been selected in Eddie Jones’ squad.
Did you know? Nathan represented Fiji Schools in hockey
After completing a two year stint at Wasps, Lozowski moved to Saracens at the beginning of the 2016/17 season as a replacement for Charlie Hodgson, where he has fast become a fan favourite, scoring 66 points in six games.
Did you know? Alex’s father, Rob Lozowski, was a Wasps centre who won an England cap against Australia at Twickenham in 1984