This summer, Eddie Jones will deal with England’s need for speed with Henry Arundell, a teenage sensation from London, Ir, who is ready to take on the first senior challenge on Tuesday before a July series of three tests against Australia.
The 19-year-old extreme defender, who has compiled a catalog of spectacular solo attempts this season, should be included in a group of about 37 players who will take part in the three-day mini-camp from next Sunday.
With no English teams in the European Challenge or Champions Cup final – for the first time in nine years – Jones will be able to choose from the Premiership clubs.
Owen Farrell, who has appeared in only one test since 2021 due to injuries, is ready to appeal due to his strong return to the Saracens. Whether or not Farrell is reappointed captain over Courtney Lawes, Jones is known for wanting the 30-year-old to team up with half Marcus Smith in the middle of the field and repeat the combination that kicked off a 32-15 victory over the Wallabies last November.
Telegraph Sport understands that England’s head coach met with Manu Tuilagi on Monday to clarify plans to engage the explosive center. Tuilagi endured another incoherent campaign, but withstood all 80 minutes of Sale Sharks defeat with Racing 92 in the Champions Cup quarterfinals.
Sources also indicated that Ben Youngs, a veteran of two English tours to Australia in 2010 and 2016, did not rule out. However, in the absence of Raffi Quirke, Jones can overlook the centurion and bring the young Leicester Tigers Jack van Poortvliet to Harry Randall and Alex Mitchell.
Before leaving Down Under, England hosted the Barbarians at Twickenham on June 19, the day after the Premiership final. They will face the Wallabies for three consecutive Saturdays between July 2 and July 16 in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Significantly, reports from Australia suggest that Dave Rennie will be able to select a high-ranking trio of Japanese players, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete and Quade Cooper.
Arundell’s performances for England under 20 in the Six Nations, and especially his 40-meter arching against France in Perpignan, stunned the seniors of Rugby Football Union. Earlier this month, Jones went to Brentford Community Stadium to watch a young man who also qualified to represent Scotland and Wales.
Arundell, who came off the bench with Ireland’s final Wasps 39-14, immediately scored from a chip-and-chase and then attempted by Ollie Hassell-Collins. His portrait inspired Exiles to draw 42:42 and another was to come the following weekend, when he raced through Toulon at the Stade Mayol with an effort of 95 meters.