With Anthony Watson back from injury in place of Ollie Thorley, England have no shortage of options on the wing but they will miss the franchise that Lawrence brings, both for his club Worcester and now for the National team.
“Ollie has a little problem around his captor and his hip,” England assistant coach John Mitchell said. “It’s nothing important but it’s a problem that concerns him.” Mitchell, however, points out that the player is still part of England’s plans. “Ollie has enormous potential as a center. He’s very talented at running on the ball and has an exceptional ability to cross the line.
There are also callbacks for Joe Marler, Jack Willis and Luke Cowan-Dickie in a 25-man squad Neither fit Marler nor Cowan-Dickie, for Bath’s Tom Dunn, have played for England this fall, while that Willis is preferred to Lewis Ludlam having been fired at his club, the Wasps, last week.Competition in England’s back row is sure to intensify, with Bristol’s Ben Earl itching for his first test start. “I’m well aware that I haven’t started a test match yet and that’s obviously a huge goal for me,” said the flanker.
“I think Eddie would be worried if I didn’t say I want to start a test match. He wants to see a hunger in the squad, he wants to see everyone striving to reach new levels to see where they can take their game. At the moment I’m probably not playing as well as Sam. [Underhill] or Tom [Curry] So I have to continue with that and do the job given to me, whether it’s five minutes from the bench or 40 minutes from the bench.