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Nathan Hughes Returns To England Squad As Jones Names Youngs Replacement

No matter what the margin of victory which England could have produced against Italy in Rome on Sunday, there was always going to be muted celebrations due to the very serious injury which Ben Youngs picked up in the first half. 

Youngs got his legged trapped in the turf when being tackled and the audible scream everyone heard on the live broadcast told everyone who was watching just how serious the injury could be.

It’s expected that Youngs suffered knee ligament damage which could rule him out of the rest of the Championship. In the meantime, Eddie Jones has had to call up a replacement scrum-half into the squad and there were no shortage of suitable candidates for him to choose from.

Richard Wigglesworth has won out in this instance as he has been named in Jones’ latest 32-man squad as England prepare to welcome Wales to Twickenham on Saturday, while Luke Cowan-Dickie also comes into the squad.

Wigglesworth and Cown-Dickie will also be joined by Nathan Hughes who returns to the squad. However, Hughes is unlikely to play any part in the clash in West London at the weekend, his presence is solely for an assessment to determine when he will likely to be available during the Championship.

Here is the updated 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)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)


Back five
James Haskell (Wasps) *
Nathan Hughes (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
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Marler (Harlequins) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

*unavailable for selection due to suspension

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Author: Sean McMahon

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