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Exeter Chiefs' Sam Simmonds wins first England cap

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Exeter Chiefs' Sam Simmonds won his first England cap this weekend against Argentina.

He was called up to the squad in place of flanker Tom Curry, who was ruled out of the Test after suffering a wrist injury in training.

England fought hard for a 21-8 victory at Twickenham. The tries came from Nathan Hughes and Bath Rugby's Semesa Rokoduguni.

Bath first team coach to join England set up

Neal Hatley talks to head coach Mike Ford Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bath Rugby have confirmed first team coach Neal Hatley will join the England set up at the end of the season as their scrum coach.

It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years.

I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights. I’ll also never forget how great the Bath supporters have been, and I’m hoping we can give them more reason to cheer with two games remaining this season.

– Neal Hatley

I’d like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding and allowing me to take up this fantastic opportunity. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team’s coaching staff is a real honour, and a special moment for me and my family.

It's a very exciting time to be involved with this young England team and for the game in this country.

– Neal Hatley

Hatley joined Bath in 2012 and is widely regarded as one of the best forward coaches in the game.

He's described the move as a real honour, and a special moment for him and my family.

He will join the England setup at the end of the season.

England head coach, Eddie Jones Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

England Head Coach Eddie Jones described his arrival as an "important appointment" as the Grand Slam winners prepare for June's three-match tour of Australia.

We’re delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team. Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums.

Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby.

I’ve no doubt he is the type of character who will thrive in an international environment.

– Eddie Jones, England head coach

Geoff Parling: Playing at Twickenham will be a 'special experience'

Exeter's Geoff Parling says he will chill out tomorrow before England's first World Cup match against Fiji.

The Chief's lock, who says he has just finished Gary Neville's autobiography, told a press conference playing at Twickenham will be a very special experience and will help spur the team on.

Ben Morgan keen to prove himself after injury

Gloucester's Ben Morgan has told ITV he hopes his hard work pays off after being selected for the England Rugby squad just weeks after breaking his leg.

The number eight only returned from the injury last month but has been chosen by Stuart Lancaster for tomorrow's World Cup opener against Fiji.

The 26-year-old broke his leg in January during a Premiership match against Saracens, but says he never gave up on the World Cup and embarked on months of painful rehab.

He now says he is match fit, and at almost top form, despite only playing just over an hour of competitive rugby since his comeback.

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Three Exeter Chiefs players in England squad

Three Exeter Chiefs players are in the England squad for the forthcoming World Cup. Geoff Parling, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade are all in Stuart Lancaster's thirty one man squad.

Geoff Parling is one of three Chiefs players in the England squad Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images
Henry Slade will be hoping to add to his one cap Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Jack Nowell has won nine caps for England Credit: PA

Chiefs player will win his eighth international cap this weekend

Jack Nowell will win his eighth cap at the weekend Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs back Jack Nowell will win his eighth international cap at the weekend.

The Cornishman will join the England team in Saturday's match against France in the six nations Rugby tournament. Nowell won the fans man of the match for his performance against Scotland last weekend. It'll be his eighth cap. The game starts at 5pm at Twickenham stadium

Bath's Jonathan Joseph rewarded with England start

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph will start for England in the opening six nations game against Wales.

The number 13 has been the in-form centre in the Aviva Premiership and solves Stuart Lancaster's midfield conundrum.

The 23-year-old will join Luther Burrell to form a relatively new-look back line.

Joseph will also be joined by three other Bath players - Anthony Watson (winger), David Attwood (lock) and George Ford who starts at fly half with Owen Farrell injured.

Jonny May and Billy Twelvetrees from Gloucester Rugby also feature.