Harlequins sensation Marcus Smith to be given No 10 shirt for England’s autumn Tests and will line up alongside captain Owen Farrell – but George Ford and Billy Vunipola are set to miss out on Eddie Jones’ squad

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  • Marcus Smith set to be given the No. 10 shirt for England’s autumn Test
  • Smith is set to line up with captain Owen Farrell in England’s back row
  • However, both George Ford and Billy Vunipola are set to miss out on joining.

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Marcus Smith will be handed the No 10 shirt in England’s full-strength squad next month and is set to join a new back line with captain Owen Farrell.

The Harlequin sensation will be included in the squad named by England head coach Eddie Jones for the autumn Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa at Twickenham on Monday, with George Ford and Billy Vunipola out. Smith will be included in the starting XV, with Farrell in the center.

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Harlequin sensation Marcus Smith set to get No. 10 shirt for England’s autumn Test

Smith will line up with captain Owen Farrell in a modified back line for England
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Smith will line up with captain Owen Farrell in a modified back line for England

It is the latest development in a staggering career for Smith, who propelled Queens to the Premiership title before making his England debut and earning a Lions call-up.

Other rookies including Harry Randall, Adam Radwan and Freddie Steward could make their way into Jones’ team, while Tom Curry could work at No.

George Ford ready to be dropped from England team

Billy Vunipola is another player unlikely to make it to the squad

George Ford (left) and Billy Vunipola (right) are both set to be dropped from the England squad

Stand up for red rose revolution. England is gearing up to usher in a bold new era with Marcus Smith serving as the poster boy.

On Monday, head coach Eddie Jones will name his squad for the autumn Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa and will begin the changing of the guard.

An overhaul is on the cards.

Sportsmail understands that despite sterling exploits over the weekend, George Ford and Billy Vunipola are in danger of missing out on the cut. His omission will be significant as it is the campaign that will start the two-year countdown to the next World Cup.

The talented 22-year-old Smith is the poster boy as England prepare for a bold new era

The talented 22-year-old Smith is the poster boy as England prepare for a bold new era

A new England team is set to take shape, featuring an experienced pack and a back line with youthful enthusiasm – which has been included in Smith’s fly-half.

The Harlequin Sensation would be assigned the role of primary playwright and attack leader, but Owen Farrell would remain the leader of the team.

The captain is set to act at the center of the inside with such hope and enthusiasm-creating rookie.

The first fixture at Twickenham featured Tonga, which would be under-strength and out-class, to allow a certain degree of experimentation.

But while England is in full force for encounters with Wallabies and Springboks, Smith and Farrell will form a new creative hub, surrounded by interesting, fresh combinations.

Bristol's Harry Randall can now face tough challenge for England's starting place

Bristol’s Harry Randall can now face tough challenge for England’s starting place

Having an inexperienced half-back, the possibility of the national team playing two together cannot be ruled out.

Ben Youngs has long held a position as Jones’ favorite scrum-half, but Bristol’s Harry Randall could look hard for a starting spot after earning his first two caps over the summer. Another talented tyro, SAIL’s Rafi Quirke, is also in the mix.

Deploying Farrell to inside center would see England operate a twin-playmaker model, different from Harlequin’s approach where Smith benefits from the thunder of powerful South African Andre Esterhuizen.

highlights of the weekend

classy solo

Freddie Burns wrapped up Leicester’s big win at Worcester with a clever chip-and-chase effort. In Coventry, Faisundo Cordero showed scorching speed to overtake Marcus Watson and score for Exeter.

no cover-up

Players on duty on artificial pitches in Newcastle and Worcester opted not to wear leggings, while Harlequin coach Adam Jones wore a pink vest on a cold winter night in Salford.

happy downer

Rugby Sales Director Alex Sanderson celebrates his side’s victory over champion Harlequin by sipping a can of Stella Artois in front of enthusiastic supporters at the AJ Bell Stadium.

text alert

When Wasps’ injured flanker Jack Willis appeared on screen – in the stadium and on TV – he was staring at his phone and busy tapping, until he realized he had been overlooked the game.

lose the habit

Vannes beat Aigen 46-3 at Pro D2 in France on Saturday – their 36th consecutive loss. Statistician Stuart Farmer revealed that the only long defeat was West Hartlepool’s 45 consecutive defeats in 2000–01.

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While Manu Tuilagi could provide a similar outlet, he may find himself competing for the number 13 shirt with Henry Slade.

Exciting newcomers are in contention in the last three. With Elliot Daly injured, Freddie Steward has the opportunity to set up firmly on the full back, although Max Malins remains on the radar.

Broadly speaking, the inclusion of experienced Anthony Watson and Johnny May may pose a dilemma for either, as Newcastle’s Adam Radwan – who scored a hat-trick on his Test debut against Canada – is one of the international novices who can claim a place. Is. XV.

The shocking thing about the short-term outlook is that England have very few players who can be considered a complete shoo-in for selection. In fact, there are really only four – Pharrell, Kyle Sinkler, Maro Etoje and Tom Curry.

Loosehead prop Alice Geng in upbeat mood as table-topping Leicester captain

Loosehead prop Alice Geng in upbeat mood as table-topping Leicester captain

On loosehead props, Elise Gainz is riding a wave as table-topping Leicester’s in-form captain, but Joe Marler has been brilliant for Harlequin and delivers real set-piece dominance.

In contrast, Mako Vunipola is another Saracen who could lose ground due to his club’s brief entry into the championship.

The same can be said of Jamie George, but he seems to be responding with enthusiasm and the impact of an injury to Luke Cowan-Dickie could have an impact on England coaches’ hooker deliberations as well.

Johnny Hill is a front-runner to line up with Imperious Etoje, which will allow Courtney Laws to be used as another specialist line-out jumper on the blindside flanker. Curry is a definite start, but he may find himself at the base of Scrum again. Billy Vunipola was a force of nature at number 8 at his best and Curry can be said to fill that huge void, as he has in the past – instead roped in the explosive Sam Simmonds of Exeter for the national team. Despite constant calls to be chosen.

Alex Dombrant is gifted, but he was subdued because Harlequin was beaten by Sales on Friday

Alex Dombrant is gifted, but he was subdued because Harlequin was beaten by Sales on Friday

Alex Dombrandt is another talented contender, but when Harlequin lost in the cell on Friday night, he was overwhelmed and there are doubts about how effective he can be in tough Test matches.

Despite Smith’s presence at 10, England aren’t about to suddenly turn into an all-singing, all-dancing side with a gambling tendency.

The blueprint is likely to include the same old English DNA of set-piece control and defensive aggression, but with an added skill to attack with ambition and precision when opportunities present themselves.

Former rugby league star Martin Gleeson will be charged with overseeing this calculated offensive release. He is part of a new coaching staff assembled by Jones. Now he is ready to form a new team.

The revolution has started.

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