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Nick Dolly, a keen rugby teenager with Eastwood, when he went to visit his grandparents in the UK for a Christmas trip with his family from Sydney Airport five years ago, could hardly imagine that one day he would return as a part. England tour team down under.

On Tuesday, Dolly, a 22-year-old hooker with a weird haircut similar to the one behind the story, was named to Eddie Jones’ pre-tour training squad, along with another player with a strong Aussie connection – Louis Linagh.

Although young Louis is the son of World Cup winner Michael and therefore from rugby royalty, he has yet to be capped despite several call-ups from England’s Australian coach Eddie Jones.

Unlike the young Linagh, Dolly, a rugby Cinderella known as the ‘Human Mullet’, whose fairytale rise is her first and yet only Test, won by one point against South Africa in November.

Dolly’s election came at the end of a crazy year – he had only 20 hours of senior rugby in the tank when Jones called – where a rugby career that was rarely seen had become ballistic.

“The day was emotional for me, a serious eye-opener,” Dolly later said. “We have a lot of fans in Leicester but I have never played in front of such a big crowd. You are the best team and they want to play [South Africa] The best team. I don’t think I want to get it any other way. “

In December 2016, 17-year-old Dolly, her mother Sharon, brother Alex – half Scrum of Doncaster – and her sisters went on holiday to England, and she asked her grandfather Tony to find her somewhere to keep her fit, with the intention of returning to Eastwood in the new season. .

Tony sent some emails and Cell’s academy manager responded to the trial. He was impressed enough to get a deal and Dolly, who said he never enjoyed the thought of becoming a professional in Australia, was selected for the England Under-20s.

Although Covid made an impact and the cell, struggling with a tight budget, let him go.

Dolly starts a personal training business and then a call comes from Coventry which gives her another shot.

He made a few attempts and was spotted by the nearby Leicester Tigers, who snatched him. He made two trials against Exeter when he made his premiere debut in September last year – he has not won two in a forward competition for more than 20 years.

In Leicester, he grew up under former England captain and Tigers coach Steve Borthwick.

“One of the things I love about coaching is helping people achieve their ambitions,” Borthwick said last year. “To see him [Dolly] It’s great to play for England. “

Nick Dolly looks forward to a warm-up before the Galaghar Premiership Rugby match between the Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at the Matthew Woods Welford Road Stadium in Leicester, England on December 05, 2021, Leicester Tigers Hooker.  (Photo by David Rogers / Getty Images)

Nick Dolly. (Photo by David Rogers / Getty Images)

The call-up was a push for young Aussies.

“When I was younger, I had no aspirations,” Dolly told reporters.

“I didn’t really see the professional path in Australia. My grandfather, he’s crazy about rugby, flew a few emails and it snowed. “

And did he have any thoughts of holding out for the Wallabies?

“In a sense it was a choice for me,” he said. His father, Michael, told the media that there were questions in some quarters at home about Nick’s work rate.

“I had nothing to lose when it came to rugby backing in Australia and so the clear decision was that the country had given me a chance to repay him.

And his captain and Leicester front-line colleague, Alice Genz of England, almost explicitly mentioned that Dolly was “quite relentless in her work rate”.

“He goes very well about his craft, and wants to get better every day,” Genz added. “She is OK. My absolute respect for him on and off the field. She is young, it is better to have age next to you. With such a call-up, the world is its oyster. He can take the opportunity with both hands. I look forward to seeing him grow up. “

Along with the work rate, Dolly has a fire of success in her mind.

Before his debut in England, he told reporters, “Disaster is inevitable – it’s about how you get back from it.

“I did not go to private school and the schools that were the main feeders for the Varatas never picked me up. After being released from the cell, I always found myself going back to the Premiership. If you are not willing to work hard, your elasticity is null and void.

Jones’ 36-member squad will train for three days in London from Sunday and begin preparations for the Twickenham match against the Barbarians on 19 June, before the three Tests against Wallabies, 2 July in Perth, 9 July in Brisbane and Sydney. July 16.

Jones welcomed Joe Kokanasiga, Wayne Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson and Jack Willis back to the team after injuries.

Exciting teenager London Irish prospect Henry Arundel – compared to Jones ‘Matt Gito – is a notable inclusion with teammates Will Joseph and Leicester Tigers’ Jack Van Portalviet.

There are 10 uncapped players in the squad, including Linagh.

Arundel has illuminated the English Premiership with his thrilling running skills and has been hailed as a key to turning the 19-year-old London Irish full-back into a 2023 World Cup winner.

Saracen prop Mako Bhunipola made an astonishing comeback and was joined by Joe Kokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson and Jack Willis, who missed six countries due to injuries.

Several senior players, including Henry Slade, Elliott Daly, Jamie George and Kyle Sinclair, have been dropped but are expected to move to Australia.

England practice team

Forward: Alfie Burberry (Wasps), Jamie Blemer (Newcastle Falcons), Oli Chesham (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Cell Sharks), Nick Dolly (Leicester Tigers), Alex Dombrand (Harlequins), Charlie Ewelles (Bath Rose) Bath Rugby) Leicester Tigers), Joe Hayes (Leicester Tigers), Maro Itoze (Saracens), Joe Lunchberry (Wasps), Courtney Lewes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), George McGuigan (Newcastle) Lones), Bevan Rod (Sail Sharks), Will Stewart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Mako Bhunipola (Saracens), Jack Willis (Wasps).

Backs: Henry Arundel (London Irish), Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby), Joe Cocanasiga (Bath Rugby), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Wayne Farrell (Saracens), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints), George Farbank (North) (Northampton Cents). (London Irish), Louis Linagh (Harlequins), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagist (Cell Sharks), Cell Sharks Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby).

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