Alex Dombrandt will start at No 8 for England against Canada


Alex Dombrandt, the Harlequins No 8, will win his first cap for England against Canada on Saturday as one of several new players selected by England head coach Eddie Jones.

Dombrandt’s first England cap comes after a couple of excellent seasons in the Gallagher Premiership with Harlequins, with the No 8 influential for Quins in their run to the Premiership title last month.

Dombrandt is joined in England’s starting XV by uncapped Newcastle wing Adam Radwan, who offers raw speed, and the Leicester centre Dan Kelly, a former Ireland Under-20 international who impressed for the Tigers this season. Rounding out the new caps is another Leicester forward in lock Harry Wells.

England have made only four changes to their side from last weekend’s win over the USA, with Ollie Lawrence, the injured Max Malins, Josh McNally and Callum Chick dropping out of the starting XV.

A number of players are poised to win their second Test caps – Freddie Steward, Marcus Smith, Harry Randall, Jamie Blamire, Joe Heyes and captain Lewis Ludlow all start, with Curtis Langdon and Chick on the bench. There are also spots among the replacements for Northampton prop Paul Hill and back George Furbank, who England continue to see as a fly-half instead of a full-back, along with Harlequins’ in-form centre Joe Marchant.

Players to drop out of the 23 entirely along with the injured Malins include Lawrence, McNally, prop Trevor Davison, flankers Ted Hill and Ben Curry plus fly-half Jacob Umaga. 

Jack Kenningham, the Harlequins back-row called up by England after the Premiership final, dropped out of the squad earlier this week after being notified to isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “Our focus this camp is being as strong a 36-player squad as we can be and there has been a lot of hard work and intense competition. There is a responsibility on the 23 players selected to perform to their personal best. We want to go out there and put smiles on the faces of all the supporters watching at Twickenham and at home on Channel 4.”

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