Adam Radwan (right) sprints during an England training session
England A face Scotland A at Welford Road, with John Mitchell taking charge of the hosts.
England’s entire 36-man squad will be in contention for the fixture, which precedes the July 4 and 10 full summer Tests against the USA and Canada.
Mitchell steps up from his role as Eddie Jones’ No 2 and defence coach for the one-off match at Welford Road. Jones will resume control for next month’s Twickenham appointments with the Eagles and Canucks.
Test honours will not be dispensed to those who take the field in Leicester as the game does not rank as a full international. However, should any of the uncapped players on either side take part, they will deemed to have been ‘captured’, meaning they cannot represent another nation.
In the absence of head coach Gregor Townsaned, who is with the Lions, Scotland A will be coached by stand-in Mike Blair.
When is it?
Sunday, June 27.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
Channel 4 from 1.30pm.
England’s full 2021 summer fixtures
- England A v Scotland A, Welford Road, June 27, KO 2pm
- England v USA, Twickenham, July 4, KO 2pm.
- England v Canada, Twickenham, July 10, KO 3pm.
Scotland’s full 2021 summer fixtures
- England A v Scotland A, Welford Road, June 27, KO 2pm.
- Romania v Scotland, Bucharest, July 10, KO TBC.
- Georgia v Scotland, Tbilisi, July 17, KO 4pm.
What is the latest team news?
Manu Tuilagi has suffered a fresh injury setback that has forced him to withdraw from England’s training squad for the Scotland A game and next month’s Tests against the USA and Canada.
Tuilagi has played three matches for Sale since recovering from an Achilles problem sustained in September only to pick up a minor hamstring strain in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final defeat by Exeter.
After an assessment by the Sharks, the 30 year-old has been pulled out of Eddie Jones’ squad, who are preparing for Sunday’s ‘A’ international against Scotland.
It was decided that given his extensive injury record, it was better to add Tuilagi to the list of senior players stood down for the Tests at Twickenham on July 4 and July 10 rather than risk his fitness.
George Ford, Jonny May, Ben Youngs and Mark Wilson have been given the summer off as Jones looks to uncover the next generation of England player, populating his squad with 22 uncapped personnel.
Also missing are the 12-strong contingent supplied to the British and Irish Lions for their summer tour to South Africa.
Northampton’s Fraser Dingwall has been called up as Tuilagi’s replacement and will be looking to make his mark ahead of Friday’s team announcement for the visit of Scotland ‘A’ to Welford Road.
England squad for summer tour
New Scotland call-up Josh Bayliss admits he did not have to think twice when Gregor Townsend asked him to turn his back on England.
The Bath back-rower has previously sported the red rose after helping England reach the final of the Under-20s World Cup in 2017.
But the 23 year-old – whose grandmother Francis hails from Aberdeen – has now switched allegiance and could pull on a Scotland shirt for the first time this weekend against the Auld Enemy.
Had things worked out differently, Bayliss may have earned his international stripes with Scotland by now having been called up ahead of the postponed Six Nations clash with France back in February. But the timing does not matter to the forward after being won over following a combined sales pitch from Scotland coach Townsend and Bath team-mate Cameron Redpath.
"It was a whole mixture of things which went into my decision," he said. "I spoke to Cam and he told me about the camp and told me that he loved the environment and the brand of rugby that Scotland are looking to play and it all just seemed like something that would suit my game.
"It wasn’t really a difficult decision with all of that considered, I saw it as a massive opportunity for me and I thought I’d regret it if I didn’t take it, so it was an easy decision for me.
"After I did the age group stuff with England I just went back to Bath and international rugby was not really in my mind at all. I just wanted to get into the team at Bath.
"But Gregor got in contact with me around the Six Nations time and on the call it sounded like a great opportunity for me and as soon as I came into camp I felt comfortable and definitely felt like I’d made the right decision.
"My granny was obviously delighted and over the moon that I had chosen Scotland and she was one of the first people I called when I got the call-up, she was absolutely delighted."
Scotland have included 17 uncapped players in a 37-man squad. Of the uncapped players, Glasgow Warriors quartet Rory Darge, Jamie Dobie, Rufus McLean and Ross Thompson, Edinburgh pair Luke Crosbie and Charlie Shiel, as well as Bayliss and Ewan Ashman of Sale Sharks have previously received a Scotland call-up.
The newcomers are Glasgow trio Sione Tuipulotu, Kiran McDonald and Cole Forbes, Jack Blain and Jamie Hodgson of Edinburgh, Northampton Saints’ Nick Auterac, Javan Sebastian of Scarlets, Robin Hislop of Doncaster Knights, and Leicester Tigers’ Cameron Henderson.
Scotland squad for summer Tests
What have we said about the England v Scotland match?
- Manu Tuilagi withdraws from England squad with injury after escaping ban
- Ellis Genge vows to ‘step up’ in England leadership role after strong end to season
- How Dan Kelly caught the eye of Eddie Jones and England
- George Ford and Ben Youngs out as Eddie Jones picks 21 uncapped players
- England’s summer Tests to be broadcast live on Channel 4 in return to terrestrial television
- Ewan Ashman to turn down spot in this summer’s England squad in favour of Scotland
What are the odds?
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What’s our prediction?
This is hard to predict with so many fresh faces in both squads. England, on home soil, should come out on top.
Predicted score: England 35 Scotland 21