Harrison one of four Saints named in England squad for Australia tour

ENGLAND CALL - Teimana Harrison
ENGLAND CALL - Teimana Harrison

Teimana Harrison has been named in the 32-man England squad for this summer’s three-Test tour to Australia.

The 23-year-old New Zealand-born forward is one of four uncapped players named in the squad, and one of four Saints stars.

Dylan Hartley is set to captain the squad, and will be joined on the flight by fellow Franklin’s Gardens men Courtney Lawes and Paul Hill.

The quartet have also been named in a 26-man squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash against Wales at Twickenham on May 29, and they are joined for that one-off international by another Saint in Luther Burrell.

England begin their tour of Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, June 11, but before that play the Welsh.

The squad for the Wales game doesn’t not include players from Saracens or Exeter Chiefs, who are involved in the Aviva Premiership final on May 28, which has opened the door for Burrell.

“We have selected two squads of players who we think can win all four games,” said Jones.

“It’s important we get off to a good start against Wales. We are not approaching this as a warm-up, we want to play positive rugby and win.”

England head into the matches against Wales and Australia as Grand Slam champions, however, Jones says their RBS 6 Nations success was ‘just the start of their journey - we will upset the apple cart’.

He added: “We’re ranked fourth in the world and are still developing our identity and we have a long way to go to get to where we ultimately want to be.

“This tour will provide a good chance for us to measure up to the southern hemisphere and try to close that gap.

“Australia are the second-ranked team in world and their coach is the World Rugby coach of the year, so their supporters will expect a positive result from them. We will upset the apple cart.”

And the England coach added: “We are excited to being touring Australia in June.

“To beat the Wallabies in Australia you have to play a physical, aggressive brand of rugby and that’s what we intend to do.

“We will need to be a fit, cohesive, tactically flexible team and play with a high intensity.

“We have to be in their faces from the first minute of the first Test.

“But we are in no doubt of the challenge we face.

“England have only ever won three Tests in Australia and never won in Brisbane, so it is a great opportunity for us to create new history.”

England senior 32-man squad for Australia tour: Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

England senior 26-man squad for Old Mutual Wealth Cup against Wales: Forwards, Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps)

Backs; Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Manu Tuilagi (Leciester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)