Ali Stokes analyses England's 34-man squad to face South Africa this June, the key absentees and inclusions that could have a significant effect on the three-test series and England's World Cup hopes.
After Eddie Jones' squad announcement earlier today, we take a deeper look at some of the most telling inclusions/exclusions and what it means for specific players and England's game as a whole.
Before we delve into it, here's a reminder of the 34-man squad Jones named this morning.
There ain't no rest for the wicked... or Mako Vunipola
Vunipola's inclusion may point to the fact that Jones is concerned about securing front-foot ball against a notoriously physical rugby nation, with little-big brother Billy also selected despite picking up a hamstring issue with Saracens last week. Ellis Genge's destructive form has been rewarded with squad return after missing the Six Nations with a shoulder injury. Joe Marler has the chance to right the wrongs of a disappointing season with Harlequins and must be aware of treading on thin ice with Jones after repetitive disciplinary issues this season.
On the tighthead, Harry Williams and Kyle Sinckler continue their tussle for the right to succeed Dan Cole who has been left out of the touring squad after a long season.
There is also no change in England's options at hooker, with Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie forming a familiar partnership. Although, both men have taken a step up the squad pecking order following the absence of captain Dylan Hartley with concussion issues.
Jones is facing a slight risk with taking only two specialist hookers. Should either George or Cowan-Dickie go down, Tom Dunn may be on the next flight out to SA.
Jonny Hill adds to Exeter success story
With Courtney Lawes, Charlie Ewels and George Kruis all out of England's South African journey this summer, Chiefs lock Jonny Hill becomes the eighth youngster developed under Rob Baxter to earn a potential cap this summer.
A physical man with an aptitude for an offload and imperious reliability at the lineout, Hill will be in direct competition with Nick Isiekwe for the bench role behind the proven Test duo of Joe Launchbury and Maro Itoje. An honorable mention to Hill's Exeter teammate Sam Skinner, who has been equally as impressive this season, although operates a bit of a wider attacking game.
Shields set for Test breakthrough
After weeks of debate and disagreement, Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has been called up to his first England squad. Exeter star Don Armand has yet again been overlooked by Jones, despite the exceptional form displayed over the last two seasons. Shields offers a similar all-round game to Armand's, destructive enough to fill in at eight and intelligent enough to cause teams problems at the breakdown, on both sides of the ball. It is perhaps Shields' pace that has seen him selected over Armand.
Alongside Shields will be an uncapped duo hoping to make an impression on Jones. Saracens 20-year-old Ben Earl and Wasps 21-year-old Jack Willis. Both opensides and both enjoying their breakthrough seasons in the Premiership, Earl and Willis will have to compete with Sale Sharks star Tom Curry, who at just 18 last summer, picked up a man of the match performance off the bench against the Barbarians and stood out as one of England's top performers during the first test against Argentina.
Despite what many have been led to believe, England's depth at openside is healthy at the moment, if not still a little green.
Billy Vunipola will look to recover from a hamstring issue picked up in training with Saracens last week for a first England appearance in over a year after compounding injuries. Should the barnstorming number eight fail to recover in time for England's first test in Johannesburg, Shields may find himself shifting to number eight alongside Chris Robshaw.
Robson in - Care out
One of the biggest selections that will appease the public is the call-up of Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson. After two seasons of exceptional attacking work with the Coventry-based side, Robson will finally get the chance to prove himself to Jones at Test level.
With Harlequins main man Danny Care left at home this summer following a long season, Robson may be able to take this chance to leapfrog Care as England's go-to finisher. The potent attacking pairing Robson has built with Danny Cipriani may well prove influential this June, especially considering the manner in which he tore a South African A side apart with the Saxons in 2016.
Ben Youngs will continue his return to fitness against the Springboks, looking likely to pair Tigers teammate George Ford in the starting lineup.
The PRODIGAL son returns
Along with Robson's inclusion, the return of the seemingly long-lost son of English rugby, Danny Cipriani, is enough in itself to fill fans with excitement. As we all know by now, Cipriani can do what no other English fly-half can, produce moments of magic and run an attacking backline brimming with threat.
That being said, at Wasps Cipriani has the benefit of strike runners left, right and centre, with one out-and-out playmaker alongside him at inside centre, Jimmy Gopperth. With England, he will likely be paired with Farrell and Slade in the midfield, both of whom are not the most dynamic running threats. This may hamper Cipriani's attacking attributes in an England jersey.
If Cipriani is to fulfil his potential within the England set-up, he will be hoping to see Wasps teammate Elliot Daly starting at outside centre and potentially Saracens speedster Alex Lozowski somewhere on the park. If Cipriani is limited to the running threat of two wings, his return to the Test arena may become thoroughly underwhelming.
Cipriani will also be hoping for front-foot ball on the fast South African pitches, and with the potential for both Vunipola brothers and Brad Shields in the mix, he may just get it.
Little change in the midfield
Traditionally a fly-half, Redpath is likely being looked at by Jones as an option at inside-centre alongside Farrell, Te'o and Lozowski. However, it seems unlikely Redpath will earn a cap this June with the aforementioned options all in form and vying for a starting berth.
Would Woodward do what he could?
In England's final Six Nations game - in which the proverbial had officially hit the fan - against eventual Grand Slam winners Ireland, Jones opted for an improved attacking threat from 15, with Watson replacing Brown.
It is for this reason I find myself raising an eyebrow at not only the exclusion of Woodward, but the lack of an additional specialist fullback.
Look at some of the best nations on the international scene in recent years and the threats they posed from 15. Ben Smith, Israel Folau, Stuart Hogg, Liam Williams, all possess serious threat ball-in-hand. This attacking edge causes teams to second-guess their decisions to kick, fearing a potential counterattack immediately after clearing their lines. This is not a thought that causes sides much grief with Brown at fullback and while he is domineering in the air and in defence, there is an attacking dimension yet to be found in England's counter-attack.
All in all, it is a promising squad with a handful of exciting inclusions and one or two concerning absentees. Jones will be looking to get England back on track with a convincing 3-0 series win this June.
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