For England’s summer series, George Ford and Jonny May took a break.


For England’s summer series, George Ford and Jonny May took a break.

After selecting for youth in a provisional team for the summer, England have rested George Ford and Jonny May for their series against the United States and Canada.

In a 34-strong group that includes 21 uncapped players, Ford and May, who were mainstays of the team under Eddie Jones, have been stood down for next month’s Twickenham appointments.

Despite playing in England’s most recent match, a 32-18 defeat by Ireland at the end of the Six Nations, Mark Wilson and Ben Youngs are also absent.

For family concerns, Youngs has ruled himself out of contention for the British and Irish Lions visit to South Africa.

With 28 caps, Leicester prop Ellis Genge is the most experienced player among the 34 players chosen.

England will only be sending 12 players to the Lions tour and will not be able to choose from Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists Bristol, Exeter, Sale, and Harlequins, as well as Championship finalists Saracens.

Jones will brief the squad twice before the visit of the United States and Canada, who are visiting London after the original plan of a North American trip was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The players will arrive at The Lensbury on Monday for a five-day training camp, which will be followed by a ‘A’ international versus Scotland ‘A’ in Leicester on June 27.

“This is the inaugural three-player squad, and we’ll bring in players from other clubs when they become available,” Jones added.

“After back-to-back seasons – and with no full pre-season – we’ve also given some of our older players the opportunity to receive some much-needed rest and recovery time.

“This is a chance for this bunch to come into the England environment and truly show what they’re capable of.

“We want them to be excited and full of energy, and we want them to know that their horizons are endless.

“This group has a lot of skill, but the difficulty for them is to turn that talent into results.

“We’re really excited to work with this bunch of young players and see where we can take them,” says the coach. They’re the ones. (This is a brief piece.)


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