Who are England’s eight uncapped players?

JOE COKANASIGA

Joe Cokansiga didn’t properly take up rugby until his teenage years. He grew up on a British Army base, however,​ it wasn’t until when he and his family were posted to Brunei when he started a promising rugby career.
From the way that he plays​,​ it is obvious that Cokansiga hasn’t forgotten his Fijian heritage and the 20-year old’s call up into the England squad isn’t too surprising considering his excellent form for Bath at the moment.
Cokansiga has worked hard from an early age to eventually claim his spot in the England squad.
Cokansiga brings a fasted paced, strong performance from the wing which could be crucial against the Southern Hemisphere especially if he is brought on with twenty minutes left to play.

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TED HILL

At just nineteen years of age, and only making his professional debut just over a month ago, Ted Hill is currently Worcester’s top try scorer, scoring 4 tries in 4 appearances.
When Hill came off the bench to make his debut he scored just 27 minutes after he graced the pitch, then scored the winning try to seal the win against Leicester Tigers. What is even more surprising is that he is a flanker.
Hill is a promising prospect and has worked hard with Warriors to claim his spot in the England squad. With the current injury crisis in the back row,​ this could be the perfect time for Hill to claim his spot and hold it against the senior players once they return from injury. He is still very young and has little professional experience but is defiantly a player to follow through the next few seasons.

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ZACH MERCER

Despite only being twenty-one Mercer has been on England’s radar for a while having had previous squad inclusions as an apprentice player. He might not be the biggest player on the field but his fast feet and good game intelligence makes up for lack of size.
From a young age, Mercer has been surrounded by a rugby environment, after he followed his father Garry around the pitch picking up balls after training when he defence coach at Glasgow. Mercer isn’t Billy Vunipola and if he does get a place on the team sheet he should not be compared to the experienced No8 however, I wouldn’t rule him out to becoming the next Vunipola in the future.

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BEN MOON

As one of Exeter’s longest serving players, Ben Moon has seen it all with the club following his debut in 2008 but he hasn’t yet seen an England shirt. Moon, has been an unsung hero at Exeter with over 200 appearances. He quietly keeps himself to himself and goes about his business on the pitch. His scrummaging is second to none and has played a monumental part in how Exeter’s set piece is so consistent. He has represented England throughout the age levels and with Joe Marler’s unexpected resignation from international rugby,​ it seems the perfect time for Moon to start being the unsung hero of English rugby.

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ELLIOT STOOKE

As far as stats go, Elliot Stooke topped the chart last season. He played in all 22 matches of the Aviva Premiership​, in which 18 of those were starts which is made even more impressive given the competition of Welsh international, Luke Charteris.
In his 1,400 minutes of rugby, last season the second row did a lot of unseen work at the breakdown and helped Bath massively in with their on-field struggles. Stooke was called up to the Saxons squad in 2014 as injury cover for Graham Kitchener but has failed to stake his claim any further.
His is an exciting addition to the squad but will need to work extremely hard if he is going to replace Joe Launchbury or Maro Itoji.

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MICHAEL RHODES

Rhodes is the oldest of the new recruits at 30 years of age, but with age comes experience of which Rhodes has plenty. South African born, Rhodes qualifies for England under residency and has been with Saracens sine 2015. Rhodes has a lot of domestic experience that he can bring into the England squad from both Southern and Northern hemisphere rugby and could offer insights as to how his birth country plays.
As blindside flanker, it appears that Jones has brought him into the squad to look to fill the position left by former England captain Chris Robshaw who will miss the Autumn Internationals through injury.

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NICK SCHONERT

Schonert probably hasn’t got an England call-up sooner due to his playing career being woven with injuries. He missed out on touring Argentina in the summer due to yet another injury but he is now back fit and hoping to make a big impact with England, following his uncapped match against the Barbarians, which only fuelled his passion for playing for England further. Having been with Worcester for five seasons, Schonert helped the Warriors side gain promotion into the premiership and helped the club stay afloat in top-flight domestic rugby. He is a big ball-carrying prop who plays with his heart on his sleeve and will give 110% until the final whistle has been blown.

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NATHAN EARLE

Nathan Earle has come back to the premiership following a spell in New Zealand which he claims made him the player he is. He moved from Saracens to Harlequins after not receiving enough game time from the North London club, and the switch has certainly suited him.
As a winger/ fullback it isn’t just his pace that has gotten him into the England squad it is his size too. He is bigger than your ‘normal’ winger and has the ability to break through tackles that some would not. Not only is he fast and strong his ability​ to read phase play is second to none​ and often is in position ready to defend before the play happens.

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