Steve Borthwick has brought back an exciting prospect for Italy


Henry Arundell and Henry Slade have been drafted into the England Six Nations squad to play Italy after recovering from injuries.

Arundell exploded on the international scene against Australia in the summer but has only just returned from a foot injury with London Irish, playing 30 minutes in three months, while Slade missed the Calcutta Cup defeat to Scotland with a hip injury but is back in contention.

However, Borthwick previously said the back three star would come into his thinking as soon as he was fit and true to his word, the 20-year-old has been included at the first opportunity.

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Leicester centre Dan Kelly missed the opening weekend with a thigh problem and is not fit enough to be included in the 36-man squad for Kieran Crowley’s Italy, with his participation in the entire tournament now in doubt.

Harlequins wing Cadan Murley has also been excluded having initially been selected in the wider squad for the championship.

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England Six Nations squad to play Italy

Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 96 caps), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 10 caps), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, 3 caps), Ben Earl (Saracens, 14 caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 44 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 73 caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 19 caps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 9 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 63 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 15 caps), David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, 3 caps), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 57 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 75 caps), Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped), Jack Willis (Toulouse, 6 caps).

Henry Arundell (London Irish, 3 caps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 102 caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 caps), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, 1 cap), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 8 caps), Max Malins (Saracens, 15 caps), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 14 caps), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 52 caps), Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 18 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 50 caps), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps), Anthony Watson (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 122 caps).

England Six Nations squad v Scotland

Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Owen Farrell (captain), Ollie Hassell-Collins; Marcus Smith, Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt

Replacements: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs, Ollie Lawrence, Anthony Watson

England Six Nations wider squad 2023

England’s 2023 Six Nations squad starts the campaign under new management. After the RFU named Steve Borthwick England head coach and he brought Kevin Sinfield in to oversee defence, it was also announced that Nick Evans has joined England as attack coach for the Six Nations.

And now Borthwick has named his full England Six Nations squad for this year’s championship.

There are recalls to England for tighthead Dan Cole and back-rowers Ben Earl and Ben Curry – whose single cap came against the USA in 2021. Max Malins and Nick Isiekwe are also back in the group.

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There is no place for Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell or Jonny May while the highly-rated Tom Pearson of London Irish isn’t included.  Alex Coles of Northampton Saints is also out but there is a reprieve for his club-mate David Ribbans who initially missed out but has been called up after vice-captain Courtney Lawes withdrew with a calf problem.

For the uncapped players, Jack Walker is in the mix amongst the hookers, but having initially been selected Gloucester’s George McGuigan has been forced to pull out with a knee injury, with Bath No 2 Tom Dunn his replacement.

Jamie George’s concussion has led to a call up for Newcastle’s Jamie Blamire while fellow Saracen Elliot Daly’s hamstring injury – which has ruled him out of the entire championship – means there is a place in the squad for Ollie Lawrence.

Henry Slade’s hip problem and Dan Kelly’s thigh issue has ruled both centres out of the opening game against Scotland, leading to call-ups for fit-again Anthony Watson and his Leicester team-mate Guy Porter, who featured prominently during the autumn.

Elsewhere in the backs, fly-half Fin Smith is included ahead of a possible debut having starred for England U20 but also qualifying for Scotland.

England Six Nations squad 2023

Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 6 caps)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)
Ben Curry (Sale Sharks,1 cap)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 9 caps)
Tom Dunn (Bath, 3 caps)
Ben Earl (Saracens, 13 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 43 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 72 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 19 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 8 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 62 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 56 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps)
Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Willis (Toulouse, 6 caps)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 101 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
Ollie Lawrence (Bath, 7 caps)
Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 13 caps)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 17 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 50 caps)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
Anthony Watson (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 121 caps) .

England Six Nations Fixtures 2023

(All kick-off times are GMT)

Round 1

Sat 4 February, England 23-29 Scotland  – Twickenham, 4.45pm, Watch stunning Duhan van der Merwe try against England

Round 2

Sun 12 February, England v Italy – Twickenham, 3pm

Round 3

Sat 25 February, Wales v England – Principality Stadium, 4.45pm

Round 4

Sat 11 March, England v France – Twickenham, 4.45pm

Round 5

Sat 18 March, Ireland v England – Aviva Stadium, 5pm

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