He also impressed Jones — who is Australian — by scoring two tries for Harlequins in its opening game of this season last weekend.
“I rang him up yesterday and said, ‘Mate, you don’t sound like an Australian!’” Jones said, laughing. “He said, ‘I know, I have to work on my Australian accent a bit!’
“I played against his father — his father was obviously a brilliant player — and he has got some of those characteristics. He has that strength around his hips to drive through tacklers. It’s a good opportunity for him.”
Louis Lynagh, who is also eligible to play for Italy though his mother, will be part of a three-day, 45-man training camp that gathers in southwest London from Sunday.
Five international veterans have been omitted, in Billy and Mako Vunipola, George Ford, Jamie George and Elliot Daly.
While Daly’s absence is injury-related, the others don’t appear to be. Like Daly, Mako Vunipola and George were involved in the recent British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa yet cannot win places in an England squad.
It could represent the biggest changing of the guard of Jones’ reign, which began after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Jones told the BBC that the omitted players needed to figure out if they want to be involved through to the 2023 World Cup