EXCLUSIVE: Arundell set for England bow against Barbarians on Sunday

EXCLUSIVE: Henry Arundell set for England bow against the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham – with 19-year-old full-back star eyeing place in Eddie Jones’ squad for tour of Australia

  • London Irish teen Henry Arundell has emerged as the sensation of the season
  • A length-of-the-field try against Toulon brought him to wider prominence
  • Sportsmail understands Arundell is destined to be in Eddie Jones’ 23 on Sunday
  • Arundell could force his way into the senior England squad heading Down Under 

Henry Arundell is set to make his England debut at Twickenham on Sunday, as the national team square up to a powerful, French-flavoured Barbarians side before their summer tour of Australia.

London Irish’s teenage full back has emerged as the sensation of the season, on the back of his eye-catching exploits for his club and England Under 20s. A length-of-the-field try against Toulon brought him to wider prominence and now his fast-track rise is set to continue.

Head coach Eddie Jones is due to confirm his line-up at lunchtime on Friday for the non-cap match with the Barbarians and Sportsmail understands that Arundell is destined to feature in the matchday 23. 

Star full back Henry Arundell is set to make his England debut at Twickenham on Sunday

A length-of-the-field try against Toulon brought the London Irish teen to wider prominence

The turbo-charged rookie — who was targeted by Scotland and Wales as he is eligible for both — was on Thursday night thought to be in consideration for a place in the starting XV.

It is shaping up as another landmark occasion for a young player who has rapidly made a name for himself with his pace, footwork, daring streak and finishing prowess. 

Arundell’s involvement should generate additional box-office interest at Twickenham, where a crowd of more than 50,000 have been drawn by the prospect of a typically entertaining fixture and prices starting at £25 for adults and £12 for children.

Although this is not a Test, it might not be long until the 19-year-old appears in one. If he impresses against the Barbarians, Arundell could force his way into the senior England squad heading Down Under for a three-match series against the Wallabies. Jones will name the tour party on Monday.

Arundell’s involvement should generate additional box-office interest at Twickenham

Arundell could force his way into the senior Eddie Jones’ England squad heading Down Under

Speaking to Sportsmail last weekend, in his first major interview, Arundell said: ‘I didn’t expect anything on the level of what’s happened this season. I was nervous going into camp but Eddie just told me to enjoy it. I’m only 19 so there’s no pressure.’

France head coach Fabien Galthie is in charge of the Barbarians for this match and he has named 10 of his compatriots in a strong starting team to take on England. Among the non-Gallic contingent are the two former Saracens locks — ex-England pack stalwart George Kruis and giant Australian Will Skelton.

Charles Ollivon will lead the visitors and with the likes of Virimi Vakatawa, Damien Penaud, Levani Botia and Davit Niniashvili in their back line, the Barbarians could wreak havoc. Then again, so could Arundell.




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