England drop second row for Australia Test — George Kruis

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

Owen Farrell will make his England comeback at Twickenham on Saturday - but fellow Lion George Kruis has been dropped for the showpiece Test against the Wallabies.

Kruis played 57 minutes of England's win over Argentina, but is one of nine players released back to their clubs for Aviva Premiership action.

Prop Ellis Genge and back Alex Lozowski, who both came on as replacements against Argentina, have also been left out of the 25-party, although Harlequins loose-head Joe Marler and second row Charlie Ewels of Bath have been included.

Meanwhile, Joe Marler is set to feature against the Wallabies at Twickenham after Ellis Genge was among the 10 players released by Jones.

The 27-year-old, a protege of England forwards coach and his former Sarries skipper Steve Borthwick, was viewed as an indispensable part of the team as recently as the Six Nations but his stock has slipped badly since.

Lions prop Joe Marler will definitely be involved after returning from a three-week suspension.

Lozowksi's exit means that his Saracens colleague Owen Farrell is nearly certain to be involved against the Australians, who beat Wales 29-21 in Cardiff, after being rested for the visit of Argentina alongside another club-mate Maro Itoje, who is also poised to return.

Mike Brown, who is completing his return to play protocols having suffered a concussion against Argentina, is one of the 25 players retained by Jones.

Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona have all also returned to their clubs.

Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors) will remain in camp until Wednesday.

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