ENGLAND RUGBY first call up for Devon's Simmonds

england rugby logoExeter Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds has had his first call up into the England Rugby squad ahead of next month’s autumn internationals series.

The 22-year-old Torquay-born back row forward from Teignmouth has made 27 Exeter first team appearances, scoring 13 tries and was a key member of the Chiefs' Premiership title winning side earlier this year. 

Simmonds has played for Teignmouth Community College, Teignmouth RFC, Torquay and has also had dual registration spells with Cornish Pirates and Plymouth Albion before breaking into the Chiefs first team XV.

Simmonds' club mates Henry Slade - already an established England senior international - and Harry Williams are also included in Eddie Jones' squad.

All three start for Chiefs at Sale tomorrow night, Simmonds at 7, Williams at 3 and Slade at 13.

There are six Bath Rugby players in the squad including 20-year-old forward Zach Mercer as an apprentice.

Mercer won’t be named in matchday squads but will be involved in England’s training and preparation for the three-match series.

England will play Argentina on November 11 at Twickenham, Australia on November 18 and Samoa on November 25.

This Sunday 34 players will convene to travel to Portugal for a training camp before the squad assemble at Pennyhill Park on Sunday November 5 ahead of the Argentina match.


Mike Brown (Harlequins) Elliot Daly (Wasps) Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs

Danny Care (Harlequins) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Leicester Tigers) Piers Francis (Northampton Saints) Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) Alex Lozowski (Saracens) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Back five

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) Nathan Hughes (Wasps) Nick Isiekwe (Saracens) Maro Itoje (Saracens) George Kruis (Saracens) Joe Launchbury (Wasps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)* Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) Jamie George (Saracens) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) Matt Mullan (Wasps) Mako Vunipola (Saracens) Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) 

Players unavailable due to injury or suspension

Jack Clifford (Harlequins) Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Marler (Harlequins) Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

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