Marcus Smith grew to become the newest big-name absentee from the second spherical of Guinness Six Nations matches as England named their XV to face Italy.
The Harlequins fly-half and 2021 British and Irish Lions vacationer missed out as head coach Steve Borthwick responded to a gap loss in opposition to Scotland.
It follows an attention-grabbing Wales choice and right here, we take a look at the high-profile casualties.
Alun Wyn Jones, Wales
Wales caps: 156Points: 45Lions excursions: 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021 (captain)
Jones’ 168 Test caps, made up by 12 for the Lions, are a world file – beating Richie McCaw’s 148 for New Zealand – and he has been a near-constant on the teamsheet since his debut in 2006. He captained Wales to their 2019 grand slam and was named participant of the match and has been named in each Lions squad since 2009, setting a professional-era file of 12 consecutive Tests for the mixed British and Irish staff and captaining them in South Africa in 2021, when he recovered from a dislocated shoulder to return to the tour.
Marcus Smith, England
England caps: 13Points: 139Lions excursions: 2021
Not as skilled as the opposite names on this checklist however Smith’s prodigious playmaking expertise noticed him anointed early in his profession as England’s future – coaching with the senior squad as early as 2017, aged 18 – which can make his omission a shock to many. His partnership with captain Owen Farrell, who will transfer from inside centre to exchange him within the quantity 10 jersey, has come beneath scrutiny amid England’s detached run of type. Smith was known as up as harm cowl on the newest Lions tour and performed one non-Test match in opposition to South African membership aspect the Stormers.
Taulupe Faletau, Wales
Wales caps: 96Points: 50Lions excursions: 2013, 2017, 2021
The Cardiff quantity eight was one other casualty of Warren Gatland’s scrum overhaul following defeat to Ireland, although in contrast to Jones and Justin Tipuric he was a minimum of given a spot on the bench. The transfer comes as he nears a century of Wales caps, along with his 5 Tests for the Lions already taking him to a few figures total. The most up-to-date two of his 10 Wales tries got here in November’s internationals in opposition to Argentina and Australia.
Justin Tipuric, Wales
Wales caps: 90Points: 55Lions excursions: 2013, 2017, 2021
The ignored trio have a mixed 342 caps for Wales and 18 for the Lions, with Tipuric’s lone Test look for the latter coming in opposition to Australia on his debut tour in 2013. Another scorer within the autumn, crossing in opposition to New Zealand for his eleventh worldwide strive – the primary three of which got here in successive Tests in opposition to Ireland, dwelling and away, and Uruguay in 2015.
Ben Youngs, England
England caps: 122Points: 100Lions excursions: 2013
France named an unchanged XV whereas Ireland and Scotland made only one injury-influenced change apiece however Youngs’ absence from England’s 29-man squad altogether was one other notable name and places his World Cup involvement later this 12 months doubtful. His nation’s most-capped participant, having handed former prop Jason Leonard’s 114 appearances throughout final 12 months’s match, he has scored 20 worldwide tries. His two Lions caps got here on the 2013 tour of Australia, whereas he pulled out of the 2017 squad for household causes.