Looking to improve on their dour 2018 campaign, Eddie Jones has selected his 35-man England squad.
England Six Nations Squad 2019 – Mako, Ashton Out
It has just been announced that Mako Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations due to picking up an ankle injury against France. He is expected to be out for 10 weeks and he will begin rehabilitation with his club Saracens in the future. Eddie Jones said; “It is obviously very disappointing to lose Mako at this stage as he is an important player for us but it does provide an opportunity for the team to grow.”
Additionally Chris Ashton has been ruled out of England’s upcoming contest against Wales due to a calf strain.
Related: Six Nations Injuries Update
Additionally, Dan Cole, Dan Robson, Mike Brown and Joe Cokanasiga have all been released back to their premiership clubs after failing to make it into Eddie Jones’ 25-man training squad for Wales in Round Three of the Six Nations. However given Ben Youngs is the only scrum-half in the squad at the moment, we still expect Dan Robson to be involved in Cardiff.
England Team to face France in the Six Nations – Sunday 10th February
Elliot Daly; Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Ben Moon, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Jack Nowell
England Team to face Ireland in the Six Nations – Saturday 2nd February
Elliot Daly; Jonny May, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jack Nowell; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Harry Williams, Courtney Lawes, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Chris Ashton
England Six Nations Squad 2019
Forwards (20): Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl*, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Moon, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton*, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson
Backs (15): Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson*, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Ollie Thorley*, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs (*uncapped player)
A year on from a poor 2018 Six Nations campaign, one in which England lost to Scotland, France and Wales back-to-back, Eddie Jones will be looking to improve on their fifth place finish, especially considering the 2019 Rugby World Cup looms quickly on the horizon.
The pressure is undeniably on, and with the injuries to big players like Dylan Hartley, Sam Underhill, Ben Te’o and Anthony Watson, the task facing Jones and the Roses is a difficult one. Also they face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin during the first week so talk about getting thrown in at the deep-end.
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Dan Cole has returned to the squad after his previous appearance came against Ireland in last years competition. Additionally, Mako Vunipola, Ellis Genge, Joe Launchbury, Billy Vunipola, Jack Clifford and Ollie Devoto have all returned from injury.
Jones has named four uncapped players in the squad with Ollie Thorley, Ben Earl, Dan Robson and Jack Singleton all getting call-ups.
Eddie Jones said of the squad; “We are very happy with the squad and have a number of players who have come back from long-term injury. We are looking forward to getting across to Portugal and having a good ten-day preparation for the Ireland game.
“The first thing when we get together as a squad is to get our cohesion back. The players have been playing for their clubs with different styles and different playing philosophies, so it’s about getting them thinking about playing the England way. The second thing is to get our togetherness stronger to work as hard as we can to make sure we are well connected on and off the field so Portugal is an important camp for us.”
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