Monday 11 December 2017

We take a closer look at the seven new faces in Eddie Jones' England Six Nations squad

England Head Coach Eddie Jones
England Head Coach Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones has named seven uncapped players - three backs and four forwards - in the first elite squad of his reign.

Here, we take a closer look at Jones' new kids on the block.

ELLIOT DALY (Wasps)

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Wasps' Elliot Daly runs in his team's first try Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
 

Age: 23.

Position: Centre.

Height: 6ft.

Weight: 15st 6lbs.

Wasps star Daly is one of the most exciting players in English rugby and a breakthrough at senior squad level will delight his many admirers. A blistering attacker, strong defender and reliable goalkicker, it would be no surprise if the Croydon-born former Beckenham and Dorking player made it all the way into England's starting line-up against opening RBS 6 Nations opponents Scotland.

OLLIE DEVOTO (Bath)

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File photo dated 06-03-2015 of Bath's Ollie Devoto during the Aviva Premiership match at the Recreation Ground, Bath. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. Jones named seven uncapped England players in his squad - Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Josh Beaumont, Jack Clifford, Sam Hill, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
 

Age: 22.

Position: Centre.

Height: 6ft 4in.

Weight: 16st 3lbs.

Yeovil-born Devoto has quickly developed into an integral part of Bath's senior squad, despite the midfield presence of players like Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Eastmond. He has gained representative honours as a full-back and centre, and was an integral part of the England Under-20s set-up in recent seasons.

SAM HILL (Exeter)

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File photo dated 05-12-2015 of Sam Hill of Exeter during the Premiership game at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. Jones named seven uncapped England players in his squad - Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Josh Beaumont, Jack Clifford, Sam Hill, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read Scott Heavey/PA Wire.
 

Age: 22.

Position: Centre.

Height: 6ft.

Weight: 15st 10lbs.

Hill enjoyed a successful career with England Under-20s and helped them to world title glory in 2013, having progressed through the Chiefs' academy system. Benefited from a dual-registration stint at Cornish Pirates, while he was involved for England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds in 2014. A powerful runner with an eye for a gap, Hill will relish his England senior squad opportunity.

PAUL HILL (Northampton)

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Age: 20.

Position: Prop.

Height: 6ft 1in.

Weight: 18st 4lbs.

Born in Germany, Hill joined Northampton from Yorkshire Carnegie. A Junior World Championship winner with England in 2014, it continued an impressive run of age group honours that also saw him capped at England Under-16, 17 and 18 levels. A strong scrummager and lively in the loose, he appears to be an impressive all-round package.

MARO ITOJE (Saracens)

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File photo dated 03-01-2015 of Saracens Maro Itoje during the Aviva Premiership match at Allianz Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. Jones named seven uncapped England players in his squad - Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Josh Beaumont, Jack Clifford, Sam Hill, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
 

Age: 21.

Position: Lock/flanker.

Height: 6ft 5in.

Weight: 18st 4lbs.

Camden-born Itoje went to Harrow School and is studying for a politics degree. A former England under-17 international shot putter, he made his senior Saracens debut as a 19-year-old and captained England Under-20s to Junior World Championship glory in 2014. Played for England Saxons last year and is viewed by many as a senior England skipper-in-waiting.

JACK CLIFFORD (Harlequins)

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File photo dated 31-05-2015 of Jack Clifford, England PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. Jones named seven uncapped England players in his squad - Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Josh Beaumont, Jack Clifford, Sam Hill, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
 

Age: 22.

Position: Flanker.

Height: 6ft 4in.

Weight: 17st 7lbs.

Brisbane-born to an English mother, Clifford played mini rugby at Cranleigh in Surrey before continuing his emergence through Harlequins' much-heralded academy system. Made his senior Quins debut in 2012 - Clifford also benefited from dual-registration playing stints with Ealing and Esher - and has gone onto captain England Under-20s, in addition to representing England Sevens and an England XV against the Barbarians.

JOSH BEAUMONT (Sale Sharks)

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File photo dated 31-05-2015 of Josh Beaumont, England PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. Jones named seven uncapped England players in his squad - Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Josh Beaumont, Jack Clifford, Sam Hill, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
 

Age: 23.

Position: Number eight.

Height: 6ft 7in.

Weight: 18st 2lbs.

Son of England's 1980 Grand Slam captain Bill Beaumont, Sale's impressive number eight has flourished since making his Sharks debut in a European Cup game against Montpellier while still studying at Durham University. Consistent in all areas, he will captain Sale for the first time in Friday's European Challenge Cup game against Pau.

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