Eddie Jones axes 10 for Six Nations from rugby World Cup squad

Eddie Jones has made his mark on the England rugby team already with sweeping changes

Rugby Union's Chris Robshaw disappointed after Australia defeat
Rugby's weirdest moment High winds totally ruined a game back in 2013 Image Photo David Rogers/Getty Images

New England rugby union coach Eddie Jones has made his mark already by culling an incredible 10 players from previous boss Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad.

Brad Barritt (Saracens), Tom Youngs (Leicester), Tom Wood (Northampton), Nick Easter (Harlequins), David Wilson (Bath), Rob Webber (Bath), Geoff Parling (Exeter), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) and Sam Burgess – who has returned to rugby league – have all gone.

Jones has called up new boys in back-rower Josh Beaumont (Sale), lock Maro Itoje (Saracens), centre Elliot Daly (Wasps), flanker Jack Clifford (Harlequins), centre Sam Hill (Exeter), prop Paul Hill (Northampton) and centre Ollie Devoto (Bath) in his shock shake-up.

New England Head Coach Eddie Jones
New sheriff in town Eddie Jones will look to get off on the winning foot in the Six Nations Image Photo David Rogers/Getty Images

Jones took over England after a poor World Cup showing that saw the home nation limp out at the group stages after defeats by Wales and Australia.  

He said he wants his squad to express themselves.

“I accept that there will be criticism of the squad,” Jones admitted. “I accept that people will think other players should be in. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but at the end of the day the players select themselves. And the players select themselves because they express themselves in a way that I can see them being a profitable part of a winning England team.”

Even with the headline-making changes, Jones hasn’t been able to call on certain players with talent like Jonny May, Henry Slade and Dave Attwood all set to miss the Six Nations through injury.

The next big decision for Jones to make is on the choice of captain, as question marks remain over current skipper Chris Robshaw. Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley is favourite to get the captaincy, having missed the World Cup due to suspension.

ENGLAND’S 33-MAN SQUAD IN FULL

FORWARDS
Josh Beaumont (Sale) 
Dan Cole (Leicester)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins) 
Jamie George (Saracens) 
Dylan Hartley (Northampton) 
James Haskell (Wasps)
Paul Hill (Northampton) 
Maro Itoje (Saracens) 
George Kruis (Saracens)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester) 
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton)
Joe Marler (Harlequins) 
Matt Mullan (Wasps) 
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Henry Thomas (Bath) 
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 
Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 

BACKS
Chris Ashton (Saracens) 
Mike Brown (Harlequins) 
Danny Care (Harlequins) 
Elliot Daly (Wasps) 
Ollie Devoto (Bath) 
Owen Farrell (Saracens) 
George Ford (Bath) 
Alex Goode (Saracens) 
Sam Hill (Exeter) 
Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
Jack Nowell (Exeter) 
Anthony Watson (Bath)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 
Ben Youngs (Leicester)

England kick off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland on Saturday February 6th in Murrayfield

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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