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England's Farrell, Itoje retained in 25-man squad to face Australia
November 14, 2017 / 3:44 PM / 7 days ago

England's Farrell, Itoje retained in 25-man squad to face Australia

(Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones is set to recall Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje to face Australia after they were included in the initial 25-man squad on Tuesday.

Rugby Union - England Training - Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Britain - November 7, 2017 England's Owen Farrell during training Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Farrell and Itoje were both rested for England’s underwhelming 21-8 victory over Argentina last weekend as part of Jones’s long-term plan to ease the workload of some of his players who are also British and Irish Lions.

George Kruis, who started against Argentina, as well as Ellis Genge and Alex Lozowski, both of whom came on as substitutes, are among nine players to return to their Premiership clubs.

Loosehead prop Joe Marler returns from suspension, while winger Jonny May continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

England are looking for a fifth consecutive win against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Rugby Union - European Champions Cup - Northampton Saints vs Saracens - Franklin's Gardens, Northampton, Britain - October 15, 2017 Saracens' Maro Itoje Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Forwards

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

Players released back to their clubs:

Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks).

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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