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England’s extended 45-player squad for a brief training camp to be held next week

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Louis Lynagh, whose father Michael captained the Wallabies, has been named in England’s extended 45-player squad for a brief training camp to be held next week.

The 20-year-old outside back, who was born in Italy but grew up in England, plays for Harlequins in the English premiership. Michael Lynagh is regarded as one of the greats of Australian rugby. He played 72 Tests during his decorated international career, which was highlighted by winning the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

Michael Lynagh was also a member of the Wallabies squads that completed the Grand Slam in 1984 and won the 1986 Bledisloe Cup series in New Zealand. Louis Lynagh is eligible to play Test rugby for England, Australia and Italy.

While his selection does not guarantee he will represent England at the Test level in the future, it does show he is in the sights of its Australia-born coach Eddie Jones.

The training camp in London is being used to help prepare England for its November Tests at home against the Wallabies, South Africa and Tonga.

The camp will also give former NRL coach Anthony Seibold the opportunity to familiarise himself with the England players.

Seibold was appointed as England’s defence coach earlier this month ENG v AUS Rugby 2021.

The move comes just over 12 months since Seibold’s highly-publicised exit from the Brisbane Broncos, less than two years into his contract with the club.

Seibold had joined the Broncos as head coach prior to the 2019 NRL season, having quit South Sydney after just one season in charge. He guided the Rabbitohs to a preliminary-final finish in 2018. “Anthony is a coach that I have had a relationship with since 2019 and have followed his career closely,” Jones said earlier this month.

“He is a good coach and thinks deeply about the game.”

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