Steve Borthwick has made some big calls for his first Test in charge


Ollie Hassell-Collins will make his England debut on the wing against Scotland while flanker Ben Curry will win his second cap in Steve Borthwick’s first match as head coach.

London Irish flyer Hassell-Collins spent time in England squads under Eddie Jones but will get his first taste of the international arena at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, with Saracens’ Max Malins on the other wing and Leicester Tigers’ Freddie Steward at full-back.

Curry will wear No 7 in the absence of his injured twin and 45-cap international Tom and is joined in an inexperienced back row, with just 24 caps between them, by Northampton captain Lewis Ludlam and Harlequins No 8 Alex Dombrandt.

Borthwick has omitted Manu Tuilagi from the matchday squad and gone for the Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell 10-12 axis with Bath centre Ollie Lawrence providing cover on the bench and set for a first international appearance since 2021.

Tigers second row Ollie Chessum partners Maro Itoje in the engine room with Nick Isiekwe in reserve after Sale’s Jonny Hill left Pennyhill Park on Tuesday having been dropped.

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Isiekwe’s Saracens colleague Ben Earl provides the back row cover after some outstanding displays in the Gallagher Premiership. England men’s most-capped international Ben Youngs must make do with a place on the bench as his club colleague Jack van Poortvliet is given the No 9 shirt.

Jamie George has recovered from his concussion in time to start at hooker alongside vice captain Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler in the front row.

Quins No 2 Jack Walker is set to debut from the replacements with tighthead Dan Cole in line for a first England appearance since the 2019 World Cup final defeat to South Africa having been recalled to the squad.

Related: Scotland Six Nations squad – Team to play England

Anthony Watson has shaken off his recent injury problems to provide back three cover and could make a first appearance in nearly two years, but there is no room for Tommy Freeman in the 23.

“There are few fixtures in the rugby calendar that excite both players and supporters alike more than the annual Six Nations meeting of the Auld enemy as they battle for the honour of lifting the Calcutta Cup,” said Borthwick.

“Another packed Twickenham will witness the start of the next chapter of English rugby in one of the most keenly contested tournaments in the world. There is no doubt this England team shares the supporters’ sense of eager anticipation.

“To a man, the players are determined to play with the commitment, fight and desire that is at the very heart of representing England, the sort of passion that our tremendous supporters rightly expect.”

England Six Nations squad to play 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 v Scotland  – Twickenham, 4.45pm

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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