Teenage No 10 in England squad
- 22 Sep 2017
England coach Eddie Jones has included 18-year-old Harlequins flyhalf Marcus Smith in his 33-man training squad for the end-of-year Tests.
Smith, who was born in the Philippines, recently became the second youngest debutant in the Premiership at 18 years and 200 days old.
He is one of two uncapped players in the squad along with Bath hooker Tom Dunn.
Jones watched Smith's Man of the Match performance in Harlequins' 24-21 victory over Wasps on Sunday and has been monitoring him since 2015.
However, Smith's Test debut may not come in November. Jones on Friday said the teenager was his 'fifth-choice flyhalf' and would 'be holding a lot of tackle bags' while with the squad.
England training squad:
Forwards – Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).
Backs – Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
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