Jack Willis to win call-up to England’s autumn Test squad following award-winning displays at Wasps… but Exeter stars Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell both miss out through injury
- Jack Willis was the Premiership and Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year
- The 23-year-old will be included by Eddie Jones ahead of the clash against Italy
- The squad also face Autumn Nations Cup games against both Ireland and Wales
- Luke Cowan-Dickie will miss out as he requires an operation, as does Jack Nowell
Jack Willis is set to be named in England’s autumn Test squad in recognition of his award-winning feats for Wasps, but Luke Cowan-Dickie will join Exeter team-mate Jack Nowell in being absent on medical grounds.
Breakdown specialist Willis was recently named Premiership and Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year and the 23-year-old will be included by Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday’s clash with Italy in Rome.
The squad has been selected for that rescheduled Six Nations finale — with England in title contention — and the Autumn Nations Cup, featuring pool fixtures against Georgia, Ireland and Wales.
Wasps star Jack Willis is set to be named in England’s autumn Test squad by Eddie Jones
Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) joins Exeter team-mate Jack Nowell (left) in being absent with injury
Wasps may have narrowly lost the Premiership final, but several of their players advanced their international prospects.
As well as Willis, Dan Robson and his rookie half-back partner Jacob Umaga are destined to be named, along with Joe Launchbury.
Exeter winning the Premiership and Champions Cup double has not led to a large contingent of Chiefs being summoned. Henry Slade and Harry Williams are to be joined in the England squad by lock Jonny Hill — a linchpin of their season.
Willis was recently named Premiership and Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year
However, hooker Cowan-Dickie will miss out as he requires an operation, as does Nowell.
In addition, there is no place for the Simmonds brothers, Sam and Joe.
The latter has been an authoritative presence at No 10, but England have established playmakers in Owen Farrell and George Ford — although Ford is struggling with an Achilles injury.
Meanwhile, England were crowned Women’s Six Nations champions after France were held 13-13 by Scotland.
France had needed a win in Glasgow to take the title race to the final round but blew a 10-point lead as wing Rachel Shankland crossed late on.
Exeter’s cup double has not led to a large contingent of Chiefs players being summoned