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Autumn Internationals: Talking points from the squad announcements

Kicking on: Jonny May tests Argentina's defence in the summer. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have named their squads for the November Tests – we take a look at the key talking points


There are less than two years to go until the start of the 2019 World Cup and the squad announcements for the upcoming autumn Internationals illustrate how coaches are already looking ahead to Japan. There is a distinct youthful feel to the squads England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have named, with several uncapped players in each, as teams look to develop their strength in depth midway through the World Cup cycle. We’ve dissected the squads – and here are the key talking points before the Tests get underway next month…

ENGLAND’S INS, OUTS AND APPRENTICES

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In form: Sam Simmonds scores a try for Exeter against Worcester. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
The apprentice: Teenager Marcus Smith on the attack for Harlequins. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

England squad – Forwards: Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Zach Mercer, Matt Mullan, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams.

Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, Jonathan Joseph, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Henry Slade, Denny Solomona, Ben Youngs, Anthony Watson.

Test schedule: Argentina (11 Nov), Australia (18 Nov), Samoa (25 Nov).

IRELAND ARE SPREADING THEIR WINGS

Winging out: Simon Zebo has been left out of Ireland's squad. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Point the way: Bundee Aki should make his Ireland debut in November. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Ireland squad – Forwards: Rory Best, Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Sean O’Brien, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy, Kieran Treadwell.

Backs: Bundee Aki, Adam Byrne, Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Ian Keatley, Kieran Marmion, Stuart McCloskey, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton, Jacob Stockdale, Darren Sweetnam.

Test schedule: South Africa (11 Nov), Fiji (18 Nov), Argentina (25 Nov).

STARTER OF TEN FOR SCOTLAND

Dive time: Luke Hamilton scores for Leicester against Racing 92. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

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Fine nine: Ali Price helped Scotland to victory over Australia in June: Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Scotland squad – Forwards: Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, John Barclay (capt), Scott Cummings, Cornell Du Preez, Zander Fagerson, Ross Ford, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Luke Hamilton, Darryl Marfo, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Tim Swinson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson.

Backs: Phil Burleigh, Alex Dunbar, Dougie Fife, Nathan Fowles, Chris Harris, Nick Grigg, Stuart Hogg, Pete Horne, Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Byron McGuigan. Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour.

Test schedule: Samoa (11 Nov), New Zealand (18 Nov), Australia (25 Nov).

CENTRES OF ATTENTION IN WALES

In the pink: Owen Williams runs in a try for Gloucester. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Fast mover: Sam Cross in sevens action for Wales. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Wales squad – Forwards: Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Leon Brown, Sam Cross, Kristian Dacey, Seb Davies, Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Taulupe Faletau, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, Ken Owens, Aaron Shingler, Nicky Smith, Justin Tipuric.

Backs: Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Alex Cuthbert, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Tyler Morgan, Hadleigh Parkes, Rhys Patchell, Rhys Priestland, Owen Watkin, Rhys Webb, Liam Williams, Owen Williams.

Test schedule: Australia (11 Nov), Georgia (18 Nov), New Zealand (25 Nov), South Africa (2 Dec).

A FRESH LOOK FOR ENGLAND WOMEN

Middle man: Simon Middleton is already focused on rebuilding for the 2021 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Fully focused: The experience of Katy Daley-Mclean will be crucial for England Women. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

England Women squad – Forwards: Sarah Bern, Jo Brown, Rowena Burnfield, Amy Cokayne, Rochelle Clark, Poppy Cleall, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Sarah Hunter, Heather Kerr, Justine Lucas, Harriet Millar-Mills, Izzy Noel-Smith, Marlie Packer, Tamara Taylor, Abbie Scott.

Backs: Rachael Burford, Jess Breach, Charlotte Clapp, Katy Daley-Mclean, Abigail Dow, Zoe Harrison, Ellie Kildunne, Caity Mattinson, Amber Reed, Leanne Riley, Lagi Tuima, Danielle Waterman.

Test schedule: Canada (17, 21 and 25 Nov).

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