England Rugby squad announcement leaves Gloucester behind

Eddie Jones announced his squad for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations tournament on the weekend, selecting only one Gloucester player – Jonny May, while rival team Bath, had seven calls.

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Swindon born Jonny May started at Gloucester on the wing back in 2009, playing his first game for England in 2010. He then moved to Leicester Tigers in 2017 where he made 44 appearances. In early 2020, May then made the decision to leave the Tigers and come back to play for the cherry and whites.

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Jonny May has since become a popular and well respected player amongst the England squad, making 61 caps.

24-year-old Ollie Thorley finally made his England Senior debut last year in the Six Nations against Italy after being called up in 2019, but never making it onto the pitch.

Since Jones’ announcement on the weekend both Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury have both withdrawn from the tournament.

Marler has had to withdraw due to personal reasons while Laucnbury is out from a stress fracture. Wasps player, Tom West and Bath player Charlie Wells, will join the selection from the shadow team.

The 2020 Autumn Internationals saw six players from Gloucester Rugby selected.

The selection may come as no surprise to fans, featuring the usual names such as Farrell, Curry and Watson. Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment with the selection, expressing that players are getting selected by their reputation and not their performance. Is it time for out with the old and in with the new?

England came out triumpant in both the Autumn Internationals and winning the Six Nations, despite being put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

19-year-old, Louis-Rees Zammit has been called up to join the Welsh squad with Chris Harris and Alex Craig also taking their regular call up positions for Scotland. Steven Varney will join the Italian side.

Eddie Jones and the team will have their first meeting on January 27. England’s first game will be against Scotland on February 6 on home turf.

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