The Six Nations is almost upon us and ahead of England’s massive opener against France in Twickenham on Saturday, head coach Eddie Jones has selected a shortened 26-man squad for the clash.
Already forced to make plans without the likes of both Vunipola brothers, Manu Tuilagi and Chris Robshaw, Jones has had to sweat it out as he waits on the fitness of Joe Marler and Anthony Watson for the first couple of rounds of this years championships.
Now, in another cruel blow, Saracens forward George Kruis has become another addition to the list of headaches facing Jones. Having suffered an knee injury in training this week, the 26-year-old is now a doubt ahead of the visit of France.
Reported by BBC Sport, Kruis will be examined on Wednesday ahead of making a final decision on his involvement on Saturday.
As it stands the second row forward is included in the squad alongside team-mate Maro Itoje in the pack. Should he fail to recover in time for Saturday’s clash, Jones would be forced to reshuffle his big men, with Itoje likely moving to the flank while Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury lining out in the second row.
As it stands, here is Jones’ squad for England’s title defence opener.
Forwards: D Cole (Leicester), E Genge (Leicester), J George (Saracens), T Harrison (Northampton), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), N Hughes (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), M Mullan (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton)
Backs: M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), E Daly (Wasps), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), J May (Gloucester), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), B Te’o (Worcester Warriors), B Youngs (Leicester)
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