Former Carnegie youngster Alex Lozowski is set to cap an incredible season with his England debut after being named in Eddie Jones’ side to face Argentina in the first Test in San Juan on Saturday (live on BBC2, 8.15pm – BST kick-off).

Lozowski has been a key part of the European Champions Saracens side this season and will now get the chance to shine on the international stage after being named at centre to face the Pumas.

Lozowski made his debut for Carnegie under former coach Diccon Edwards back in December 2012 as a 19-year-old University of Leeds student and has enjoyed a meteoric rise since then in the professional ranks having initially looked as if his chance in the elite level of the game had passed him by when he left Wasps’ academy.

It was the Economics-students break into professional rugby union having been part of the Chelsea FC academy until he was 16.He started at Pontypridd having been a travelling reserve on three occasions for the first team already that season. He commented at the time, “I did pre-season at the university and got invited down by Mark Luffman to train with the Leeds Carnegie Academy. From there I got the chance to train with first team whenever I could.

“I was travelling reserve for the Cup game against Jersey at York and then for the Championship match down at Cornish Pirates. That was a long way to go but I was happy to do it. I was involved the previous week against Pontypridd as well, and it was a good experience to be around the matchday squad. To see how things go on the day was invaluable,” added the full back.

Lozowski is the son of former Wasps and England centre Rob Lozowski, who gained his only cap for England against the Grand Slam-winning Australians in 1984 on the same day that Stuart Barnes, Gareth Chilcott, Nigel Melville and Nigel Redman also made their England debuts. Alex was a member of Wasps Academy until moving to Leeds in 2011 to study at the University of Leeds but a broken leg put his rugby career temporarily on hold. He commented, “I only turned to rugby after my time at Chelsea ended. I was spotted playing for Wasps amateurs and they asked me to train with their academy but when I decided to go to university that ended for me. I picked up playing rugby again when I got to Leeds but never really thought it would be something I would take up as a career.”

He did not feature for the remainder of that season, however the promotion of James Lowes to Head Coach the following season saw Lozowski become an integral member of the squad, cementing his position at fly half. He made 25 appearances in the 2013-14 season including playing in both Championship semi final legs against London Welsh and scored eight tries during the campaign.

He moved to Wasps at the end of that season, having been named the club’s Young Player of the Year and completed his Economics degree, returning to his father’s former club, but a move to Saracens in 2015 saw him propelled onto the international stage.

He is one of four players who will make their debut against Argentina along with Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) and Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).

Dylan Hartley captains the side in what will be his 85th cap for England. He will move ahead of former captain Martin Johnson and alongside Rory Underwood and Lawrence Dallaglio as the third-equal most capped England international of all time.

There are a total of 345 caps among the starting XV, despite 30 players being unavailable for the tour. Marland Yarde (Harlequins) comes back into the side on the right wing for the first time since the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Series alongside vice captains George Ford (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins) and Mike Brown (Harlequins).

Leeds-born Care will gain his 72nd England cap becoming the third most capped Yorkshireman of all time, surpassing Richmond-born Rob Andrew with only Otley’s Mike Tindall (75) and Middlesborough’s Rory Underwood (85) now ahead of him.

Jones has named seven uncapped players on the bench including Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), who joined up with the squad on Monday evening from Auckland, and Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), who has recovered well from his foot injury he picked up in Brighton.

“I’m really excited about this England team to face Argentina this weekend,” said Jones. “I have selected a group of experienced players across the spine of this team as well as four young players who will be eager to go out and play well on their debuts for England.

“Those players have worked extremely hard to get selected over the last few weeks, but I have been impressed with the way the whole squad has trained and gelled together in a short amount of time. They all realise the opportunity that they have to be involved in this England side and I’m sure they will show that commitment on Saturday.

“We are here to win this series 2-0 but we know Argentina will be extremely tough opposition. After a mixed year of results, there will be pressure on them to play well and win in front of a partisan crowd. We know Argentina are a very good side having played them earlier this season and they will be desperate to win against us.”

England team to play Argentina

15. Mike Brown, vc (Harlequins, 60 caps)
14. Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 11 caps)
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
12. Alex Lozowski (Saracens, uncapped)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 25 caps)
10. George Ford, vc (Bath Rugby, 35 caps)
9. Danny Care, vc (Harlequins, 71 caps)

1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
2. Dylan Hartley, c (Northampton Saints, 84 caps)
3. Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 42 caps)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
6. Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 8 caps)

16. Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
17. Matt Mullan (Wasps, 15 caps)
18. Will Collier (Harlequins, uncapped)
19. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, uncapped)
20. Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
21. Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
22. Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
23. Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks, uncapped)

England’s two-Test tour of Argentina:
Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, 10 June, kick-off 815pm (BST)
Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Santa Fe, 17 June, kick-off 815pm (BST)