Billy Vunipola returns as England confirm squad for Australia tour

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Injuries to Alex Dombrandt and Sam Simmonds have opened the door for Vunipola to make his first international appearance since last year’s Six Nations.

The 29-year-old had not appeared in an England squad until Jones named his 36-man touring party to face the Wallabies over three Tests, starting in Perth on Saturday week.

Jones said: “Though we have ten players unavailable due to injury, we have picked a very strong squad capable of winning the series.

“This squad is a real mix of young, talented players and some very experienced, senior players and we’re looking forward to bring the group together.

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“This tour will be a great experience for the group and a crucial part of the team’s work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2023. We will continue to develop the base of the squad and how we want to play.

“We’ve put a lot of work into preparation for the tour over the past few weeks but now the hard work really begins when we finally get the squad on the plane and to Australia.”

England squad in full

Forwards

Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 40 caps)Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)Jamie George (Saracens, 66 caps)Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 7 caps)Maro Itoje (Saracens, 56 caps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 93 caps)Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 11 caps)Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 61 caps)Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)

Backs

Henry Arundell (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice playerDanny Care (Harlequins, 84 caps)Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped)Owen Farrell (Saracens, 94 caps)Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)Will Joseph (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice playerJoe Marchant (Harlequins, 12 caps)Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 39 caps)Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 10 caps)Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)

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