England squad for autumn internationals announced
England coach Stuart Lancaster unveiled his 32-man squad for the autumn internationals on Thursday with Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers) and James Haskell (London Wasps) all promoted from the England Saxons as injury replacements for Alex Corbisiero, Ben Foden, Rob Webber and Tom Croft respectively.
Northampton duo Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes also return to the fold after missing the summer tour to South Africa through injury.
The squad will meet at St George’s Park, Burton on Sunday as they prepare to tackle Fiji, Australia, South Africa and world champions New Zealand at Twickenham throughout November.
“As a coaching team we can’t wait to go into camp and get the guys focused on what will be a massive challenge in the QBE Internationals – Fiji and then the three major Southern Hemisphere teams in successive weeks,” Lancaster said.
Monye and Haskell have both turned out for England before, winning 13 and 39 caps respectively, but Youngs and New Zealand-born Vunipola, son of former Tonga captain Fe’ao Vunipola, will both be hoping to get their first taste of international rugby.
“It’s great to be able to give Mako a chance in the squad,” Lancaster added. “He has come through our age grade sides and made a real impact at Saracens.
“Likewise Tom Youngs, who was with us on tour in South Africa, and we know what James Haskell and Ugo Monye are capable of if they get their opportunity.”
What are your thoughts on the squad and who was unlucky to miss out?
Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)