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Rugby-No place for Simmonds brothers in England squad

LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Joe and Sam Simmonds have been left out of Eddie Jones’s latest England squad despite playing key roles in Exeter’s European Cup and English Premiership triumphs in the last two weeks, though often-overlooked Wasps scrumhalf Dan Robson has been included.

Jones named a 36-man squad on Monday for Saturday’s Six Nations decider in Italy and the Autumn Nations Cup games.

Flyhalf Joe Simmonds was man of the match in Exeter’s Champions Cup victory over Racing 96 and had another perfect day with the boot in Saturday’s Premiership final win over Wasps.

However, Jones has included uncapped Wasps flyhalf Jacob Umaga ahead of him as backup to Owen Farrell, with George Ford absent injured.

His bother Sam was named European player of the year having topped the competition’s try-scoring charts from number eight but also failed to convince Jones he was worth a recall. Harlequins number eight Alex Dombrant also missed out.

Exeter lock Johnny Hill has been included alongside several other uncapped players, including Worcester’s powerful centre Ollie Lawrence, Bristol’s Max Malins, Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Wasps turnover machine Jack Willis

“We were obviously disappointed with the postponement of the Barbarians game but we moved to plan B, had a highly competitive training session instead of the match and now we are fully focused on the Italy game and the goal of winning the Six Nations,” Jones said.

To do that England will probably need a bonus point win in Italy and to overcome a current 23-point deficit to Ireland, who play in France in Saturday’s final game.

“With nine players out injured, it does create some opportunities for the younger guys to show what they can do. We’re very happy with what we’ve seen in the mini-camps and the Barbarians training week, it’s been really competitive,” Jones added.

Recently-appointed skills coach Jason Ryles will join up with the team for the start of the Autumn Nations Cup, after finishing the season and winning Australia’s rugby league Grand Final with Melbourne Storm, where he was assistant coach.

England squad:

Backs

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 83 caps)

George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)

Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 13 caps)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 50 caps)

Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)

Max Malins (Bristol Bears, uncapped)

Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 3 caps)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 56 caps)

Dan Robson (Wasps, 2 caps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps)

Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 43 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 99 caps)

Forwards

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 23 caps)

Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps)

Jamie George (Saracens, 49 caps)

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)

Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 38 caps)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 65 caps)

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 8 caps)

Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)

Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 35 caps)

Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 18 caps)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 51 caps)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 59 caps)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)

Jack Willis (Wasps, uncapped) (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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