Henry Arundell: England call up London Irish midfielder to Australia tour training squad

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London Irish teenage full-back Henry Arundell is included in a 36-strong England training squad to prepare for July’s Test series against Australia.

The 19-year-old only made his Premier League debut in February, but this season he has scored 11 tries in 15 matches for the Irish and England Under-20s.

Arundell’s team-mate at the club, Will Joseph, the younger brother of former England center Jonathan, is also in the squad.

Owen Farrell, who missed the Six Nations with an ankle injury, it’s back.

Leicester-bound Bath winger Anthony Watson also returns after injury, while Saracens prop Mako Vunipola is recalled after falling from grace and flanker Jack Willis, who suffered a serious knee injury against Italy in February 2021, he is rewarded for his good form with Wasps.

Jack van Poortvliet, 20, from Leicester, is another player who has made the step up from England’s age teams, appearing alongside Harry Randall and Alex Mitchell as scrum-half options for head coach Eddie Jones.

Ben Youngs, along with the experienced trio of Henry Slade, Joe Marler and Jamie George, rest.

Giving more pace to England’s attack is one of the priorities in the team’s development and a series of searing goals, including a sensational pitch-length solo effort against Toulon earlier this month, have singled out Arundell for inclusion.

Training camp will take place from Sunday to Tuesday as England begin preparations for the series against the Wallabies, which will include tests in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney on successive weekends, starting on 2 July.

England claimed their first win in the series on their last visit in 2016 and beat Australia at Twickenham in November.

However, a disappointing Six Nations campaign, which featured three defeats from five matches, has left Jones and his team looking for new momentum.

More to follow.

England training team


Alfie Barbeary (Wasps), Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge ( Leicester Tigers), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons), Tom Pearson (London Irish) , Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Willis (Wasps)


Henry Arundell (London Irish), Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Will Joseph (London Irish), Louis Lynagh (Harlequins), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

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