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England leave out Vunipola brothers and George for Autumn Tests

Saracens boss Mark McCall said on Sunday, after his side thumped Bath 71-17, he would be “amazed” if the Vunipola brothers and George were left out again, however they have been.

Fly-half George Ford, who was also left out of the September training squad, has also not been selected for the Autumn Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa next month.

Mako Vunipola on the charge during the rout of Bath

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Anthony Watson of Bath, Exeter Chiefs’ Luke Cowan-Dickie and Saracens’ Maro Itoje have all been included the 34-man squad despite fitness scares over the weekend. England also confirmed that Owen Farrell will captain the side, while fellow Saracen, Max Malins, is the third and final player from the club to make the squad, with Ben Earl left out.

Jones has included four uncapped players in the group, who travel to Jersey on Monday for a five-day training camp before returning to England. Leicester Tigers hooker Nic Dolly has been called up, while Northampton Saints full-back Tommy Freeman, Gloucester centre Mark Atkinson and Sale Sharks scrum-half Raffi Quirke are in too.

Quirke has emerged as a contender to start at scrum-half for England, particularly as Dan Robson has been left out despite doing well for Wasps.

Surprisingly, despite winning the Premiership last season and starting well this time around, only three Harlequins players have made the cut. Joe Marchant and Louis Lynagh are two notable absentees who have been knocking on the door.

Billy Vunipola will be disappointed to have missed out again

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Quins do have forwards Alex Dombrandt and Joe Marler in the squad, as well as fly-half Marcus Smith , who is expected to play a key role this Autumn.

“This is a young but very good, talented squad who have all earned their places. It is one of the most competitive squads I have ever picked,” said Jones.

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