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Eddie Jones Adds Two More Players To England Squad Ahead Of Italy Opener

England are back on home soil after their week-long training camp in Portugal. Eddie Jones and his player are among the familiar settings of Pennyhill Park as they resume their preparations for their trip to Italy to take on Conor O’Shea’s side on Sunday. 

It’s been no secret that England, like many other teams participating in this year’s Championship, have been dealt with significant injury problems which have decimated their squads. Hopefully, all teams will have a relative clean bill of health for the rest of the competition as the narrative surrounding injuries has the potential to overshadow what should be a great couple of week of Test match rugby.

Thankfully, there are no new injury worries for Jones and he has added two names to his NatWest 6 Nations squad for the Italy match.

James Haskell and Joe Marler, despite being suspended for the game against Italy, have been added to the 34-man squad to bring the total number up to 36.

A 36-man squad will convene this morning at Pennyhill Park ahead of England’s opening NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome on Sunday 4 February 3pm KO GMT.
Following last week’s training camp in Portugal, 34 players have been retained. James Haskell (Wasps) and Joe Marler (Harlequins) will also join up with the squad, however both are unavailable for selection due to suspension.

Here is the squad in full:


Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens) *
Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) *
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins) * **
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
James Haskell (Wasps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row
Lewis Boyce (Harlequins) *
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) *
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Uncapped *
Apprentice player **

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Author: Sean McMahon

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