NO ENGLAND RETURN FOR HASKELL
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: VETERAN WASPS LOOSE FORWARD JAMES HASKELL WAS LEFT OUT OF ENGLAND’S SQUAD ANNOUNCED BY COACH EDDIE JONES ON THURSDAY FOR NEXT MONTH’S THREE INTERNATIONALS AT TWICKENHAM.
The 75-times capped Haskell, a member of the British and Irish Lions squad in New Zealand earlier this year, started the season with a hand injury and has been replaced by uncapped Exeter rising star Sam Simmonds.
“At the moment he is just not playing well enough but the door isn’t shut on him,” Jones told a news conference of Haskell’s omission.
This is the first time that Simmonds has been called into an England squad, with fellow fledgling back rows Sam Underhill and Tom Curry also included.
Haskell was the major omission in a 34-man squad announced by Australian coach Jones — who has lost just one game in charge of England when his side were denied a second successive Six Nations Grand Slam by Ireland in Dublin in March.