Marland Yarde and Elliot Daly, who played together in the winning side in the national schools’ cup final at Twickenham when at Whitgift School, today received call-ups to the England rugby squad for the 2013-2014 season.
Yarde, the London Irish wing who made his England debut in the recent tour to Argentina, is included in the full 33-man group, while Wasps’ back Daly has been named by coach Stuart Lancaster in his Saxons shadow squad.
Chris Robshaw, the former Warlingham junior player who captained England in last season’s Six Nations, is also in the squad, after taking a well-earned rest from summer tours.
“This was the toughest Elite Player Squad selection we’ve had to make with fierce competition for places in every area of the squad after an excellent summer for England players at all levels,” Lancaster said.
“Twelve current England players were part of a victorious British and Irish Lions tour, eight others won their first caps in Argentina, a number of rested senior players will have benefited from their break and the future looks healthy after our under-20 side won the Junior World Championship for the first time.”
Lancaster picked out Yarde for special mention saying that he brought his “outstanding form” to the Argentina tour, when the 20-year-old scored two Test tries. Yarde is being tipped for a place on England’s left wing in the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham.
“There are some great players in my position and all I can do is work as hard as I can and leave it up to Stuart,” Yarde said. “All you can do is focus on yourself, work as hard as you can for the team and leave selection up to the coaches.
“It was fantastic experience,” Yarde said of the Argentina tour. “It was a bit surreal being out there at times but I just had to take into my stride and work as hard as I can for the team.”
For Daly, after being overlooked for the England tour, he caught the eye as an uncapped player at full-back for the Barbarians scratch team against England and then the Lions in a tour warm-up match, when he slotted one of his long-range penalties from the halfway line.
He will train with England squads, but unless an injury to another player sees him called up, he will need to wait until January for B international action against Scotland and Ireland.
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