Golden boy Marcus Smith has been offered a chance to lead England to the 2023 World Cup after Eddie Jones was named in the autumn international squad.
And while the fly-half Smith was cashing in on his dream call-up, the likes of George Ford, Jamie George, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson and the Vunipola brothers were all dreading the end of their Test careers.
10 Smith, who was born in the Philippines, earned a shocking Lions call-up this summer while playing at Twickenham.
And even Boss Jones admits that the talented playwright can be just as good as All Blacks stars Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’Eunga.
He added: “We are watching him continue to develop his game and you just got to see how Barrett and Mounga are playing for the All Blacks, which is needed in the modern day 10.
“A 10 who can move up the line, be aggressive, knows when to hold his depth, and be an extra man in defense.
“And that’s what we’re looking for to develop his game.”
Jones called up four uncapped players, along with Nick Dolly, Tommy Freeman, Mark Atkinson and Rafi Quirke, to make their Test debuts at Twickenham next month.
With Owen Farrell continuing as captain, he will have to find a place at the center again.
Smith will open the Test against Tonga, Australia and South Africa in the fly-half, with Harry Randall as his half-back partner.
Sam Simmonds also gets another shot at 8th with Billy Vunipola.
There’s also no room for Ollie Lawrence and Joe Merchant, flanker Lewis Ludlow, prop Beno Obano or winger Louis Lynagh centers.
Speaking of the entire 34-man squad, Jones said: “It’s a young but very good, talented team that has earned everyone their place.
“It’s one of the most competitive squads I’ve ever picked up.
“There are many disappointed players who have not been selected but they know what to do and no door is closed for any player.
“We are looking forward to three tough Test matches. Tonga always play a strong, physical game and Australia and South Africa have stretched out time together and that will be a good challenge for us.
“Our goal will be to get better and better every week as we work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 33 Caps)
Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
Nick Dolly (Leicester Tigers, Uncapped)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequin, 1 cap)
Charlie Ewells (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)
Ellis Ganz (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)
Johnny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Maro Etoje (Saracens, 48 caps)
Courtney Laws (Northampton Saints, 87 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequin, 72 caps)
George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
Kyle Sinkler (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, Uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)
Johnny May (Gloucester Rugby, 66 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Shark, Uncapped)
Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bear, 2 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequin, 2 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 43 Caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)