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England without the Simmonds, Braley withdraws for Italy

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 26, 2020

While four teams can still dream of winning the VI Nations 2020, England will not have its fate in hand on the 5th and final day of the tournament. Therefore, for his trip to Rome to face Italy, the XV de la Rose will do in particular without the Simmonds brothers, Joe (opener) and Sam (hooker). Indeed, for this meeting, Eddie Jones did not summon the two players from Exeter, who were nevertheless very good in the victories of Rob Baxter’s players, whether in the Premiership and in the Champions Cup. With the absence of George Ford, Joe Simmonds was expected but it is Jacob Umaga, the Wasps opener, who will be Owen Farrell’s understudy at the Olympic Stadium.

Jones summons nine new

With several injured players, it creates opportunities for the younger ones to show what they can do. We are very happy with what we saw during the training week “Said the coach of the XV of the Rose, who called nine new, namely Beno Obano, Tom Dunn, Jonny Hill, David Ribbans, Jack Willis, Jacob Umaga, Ollie Thorley, Ollie Lawrence and Max Malins. Also note the surprise absence of Alex Dombrandt, the 3rd line of the Harlequins. With this group of 36 players, Jones will therefore be able to prepare for this last match of the VI Nations Tournament, then those of the Autumn Nations Cup. For now, England have to face Georgia (November 14), Ireland (November 21) and Wales (November 28), before a classification match (December 6).

Braley’s private Italy

For its part, Italy is preparing for this big match on its land. However, the heavy defeat in Ireland (50-17) broke the ranks of Squadra Azzura. Hit in the head, Callum Braley will indeed be absent this Saturday against the English. Not having successfully passed his concussion protocol, Benetton’s Italian scrum-half will not be fit and has returned to Treviso. Without their 9, Franco Smith would have to call on Marcello Violi to accompany Paolo Garbisi to the hinge.