Marcus Smith to pilot England team boasting eight uncapped starters

Marcus Smith during an England training session Marcus Smith will start at fly-half for England against USA (Ashley Western/PA)

Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith will pilot an England team boasting eight new caps in Sunday’s Test clash with the USA at Twickenham.

The Gallagher Premiership winner will pair up with fellow uncapped playmaker Harry Randall, with the Bristol player starting at scrum-half.

England, missing a host of British and Irish Lions stars, could hand out 12 debuts this weekend, with four more uncapped players on the bench.

Leicester full-back Freddie Steward will make his Test bow, with five uncapped forwards also in from the off.

England head coach Eddie Jones challenged the new faces to make their mark when stepping up to a new level.

“Over the past three weeks our biggest message to the players is what an opportunity this is to show what they can do and make their mark with England,” said Jones.

“They’ve applied themselves as a group and worked very hard individually during this camp to reach their personal bests.

“Now it’s all about coming together as a team, gelling and putting in a good performance at the weekend.”

Uncapped Gloucester flanker Lewis Ludlow will captain Jones’ men, with Newcastle’s Callum Chick also making his Test bow in the back-row.

Sale hooker Curtis Langdon, Leicester’s Joe Heyes and Bath’s Josh McNally are the other uncapped starters.

England team to face USA

Forwards: 1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), 2 Curtis Langdon (Sale Sharks)*, 3 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)*, 4 Josh McNally (Bath Rugby)*, 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), 6 Lewis Ludlow (CAPTAIN, Gloucester Rugby)*, 7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), 8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)*

Backs: 9 Harry Randall (Bristol Bears)*, 10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins)*, 11 Max Malins (Saracens), 12 Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), 14 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), 15 Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)*

Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons)*, 17 Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), 18 Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons)*, 19 Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 20 Ben Curry (Sale Sharks)*, 21 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), 22 Dan Robson (Wasps), 23 Jacob Umaga (Wasps)*

* Denotes uncapped player

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