Lewis Ludlow will captain England on his DEBUT, the first man to do so in 37 years, as Eddie Jones names EIGHT new players in his starting XV to face USA… while another four could earn their first cap from the bench in Twickenham Test
- Eddie Jones names Lewis Ludlow as the man to lead England out against USA
- The Gloucester flanker will captain his country at Twickenham on his debut
- Ludlow becomes the first player in 37 years to captain England on his debut
- Marcus Smith, Harry Randall, Freddie Steward, Curtis Langdon, Joe Heyes, Josh McNally and Callum Chick are the other seven debutants in the starting XV
- Jones has also named four other newbies on the bench for the clash with USA
Eddie Jones could cap the most England players in one Test since just after World War Two having picked eight newbies in his starting XV for the USA game – and four more on the bench.
Lewis Ludlow, the Gloucester flanker, captains the fresh England side ahead of more experienced men Henry Slade, Sam Underhill, Ellis Genge and Charlie Ewels.
He makes his debut as just the fifth man to lead England on his first cap – and first in 37 years after Nigel Melville in 1984.
Eddie Jones (right) has named Lewis Ludlow (left) as England captain for Test against USA
Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith will finally start at No 10 as another England debutant
MOST ENGLAND DEBUTS IN ONE MATCH
14 v Wales, Cardiff 1947 (England 9 Wales 6)
10 v Argentina, San Juan 2017 (England 38 Argentina 34)
ENGLAND CAPTAINS ON DEBUT
Fred Stokes 1871
Fred Alderson 1892
Joe Myckock 1947
Nigel Melville 1984
Lewis Ludlow 2021
Alongside him is exciting Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith – finally starting at No 10 – Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall and Leicester full-back Freddie Steward in the backs.
And up front Sale hooker Curtis Langdon, Leicester tight-head prop Joe Heyes, Bath lock Josh McNally, Newcastle No 8 Callum Chick and Ludlow all start for the first time.
There is no place for Premiership winning back-rower Alex Dombrandt from Harlequins in the match-day 23 – but Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison, Ben Curry, twin of Tom, and Jacob Umaga could all make their debuts.
If the dozen do it will be the second most national debuts in one game – behind the 14 in the first match England played after the Second World War, against Wales, in 1947.
Jones’ personal record came on the equivalent tour of Argentina four years ago when the British & Irish Lions were away in New Zealand, then capping 10 players in the San Juan 38-34 win, including then 18-year-old Tom Curry.
Jones said: ‘Over the past three weeks our biggest message to the players is what an opportunity this is to show what they can do and make their mark with England.
(Left to right) Sale hooker Curtis Langdon, Leicester tight-head prop Joe Heyes and Bath lock Josh McNally are among the eight players that with make their debut against USA
‘They’ve applied themselves as a group and worked very hard individually during this camp to reach their personal bests.
‘Now it’s all about coming together as a team, gelling and putting in a good performance at the weekend.’
Those who have already featured for England before, and are starting at Twickenham on Sunday, are wing Joe Cokanasiga, Slade and Ollie Lawrence in the centres, Max Malins, Genge, Ewels and Underhill.
Ted Hill – the Worcester flanker with one cap to his name from 2018 – Beno Obano, Lewis Ludlam and Dan Robson all make the bench.
ENGLAND SIDE TO FACE USA
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
14. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 38 caps)
12. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 6 caps)
11. Max Malins (Saracens, 7 caps)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, uncapped)
9. Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, uncapped)
1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps)
2. Curtis Langdon (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
4. Josh McNally (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
6. Lewis Ludlow (C) (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
8. Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
17. Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)
18. Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
19. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap)
20. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
21. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 8 caps)
22. Dan Robson (Wasps, 12 caps)
23. Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped)
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