England overlook Chris Ashton
Tom Hamilton
October 22, 2014
Semesa Rokoduguni is in the England squad for the autumns © Getty Images

Chris Ashton has been left out of England's squad for the autumn internationals with Bath's Semesa Rokoduguni replacing him.

Ahead of their games against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia, Rokoduguni is joined in the squad by fellow uncapped players Saracens' George Kruis and Northampton's Calum Clark.

Stuart Lancaster will name an additional batch of players on Sunday who will come into the squad but for the moment Ashton finds himself fifth in the wing pecking order behind Jonny May, Rokoduguni, Jack Nowell and Marland Yarde.

With Manu Tuilagi ruled out of their first game against the All Blacks on November 8, Jonathan Joseph gets his chance as an option at outside centre. "We have included Jonathan Joseph as an injury replacement for Manu," Lancaster said. "It is obviously disappointing to lose Manu but JJ has been in great form and deserves this chance. Our medics will continue to work closely Leicester's and ensure that Manu is supported in his rehabilitation from his injury."

There is no place in the squad for Danny Cipriani or Freddie Burns at fly-half with Stephen Myler, Owen Farrell and George Ford the three picked with Lancaster basing the wider squad selection on form and consistency.

"The first six rounds of the Premiership and opening round of European action have given us plenty to think about as coaches with a lot of players putting their hand up for selection and we are excited by the options available to us," Lancaster said. "We are still monitoring a number of players injury-wise and with another intensive round of European games to come, including the Wasps-Harlequins and Sale-Clermont games on Sunday, there are likely to be additions to the squad after the weekend as we move into the training camp and towards the games - so there is plenty to be decided before the New Zealand match comes around.

"We have four quality sides coming to Twickenham for this internationals series and we are really looking forward to playing at home in front of our passionate supporters as we continue the build up to the World Cup in 12 months' time."

As expected, Chris Robshaw retains the England captaincy. Lancaster added: "Chris continues to lead from the front and with other players now stepping up into captaincy and senior roles at their clubs, we are building a team of leaders who can take England forward."

England squad:

Forwards: Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs: Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins)

The following players will not be available: Alex Corbisiero (shoulder), Dan Cole (neck), Tom Croft (knee), Tom Johnson (neck), Geoff Parling (concussion), Chris Pennell (groin), Ed Slater (knee), Mako Vunipola (knee), Tom Youngs (shoulder).

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Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.

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