Vunipola and Care named in England squad


Billy Vunipola and Danny Care have been named alongside eight uncapped players in England’s squad for their three-Test tour in Australia next month.

Harlequins number eight Alex Dombrandt is injured so Vunipola, who last played in the 2021 Six Nations, returns.

Scrum-half Care is named but England’s most capped male player, Ben Youngs, does not travel with the squad.

The first Test is in Perth on 2 July, followed by matches in Brisbane on 9 July and Sydney on 16 July.

Care, 35, won the last of his 84 caps in 2018, but featured for England in the non-cap game against the Barbarians at Twickenham yesterday.

England were comfortably beaten 52-21 by 14-man Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday in their final game before touring Australia this summer.

In 2016, with Eddie Jones in charge, England won all three matches in Australia to complete a series whitewash. It was the first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since South Africa in 1971.

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