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Nathan Hughes Set For England Start As Forwards Put Through Their Paces By Georgians

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This fallow week of the NatWest 6 Nations has allowed Eddie Jones to invite the Georgian national team to London for two days of scrum training.

The England head coach has described it as a “fantastic” session as his forwards get to grip with one of the strongest set pieces in world rugby.

“Georgia were just the sort of scrum we needed to scrum against. We’re all trying to chase how to put pressure on without making the scrum unstable. They’re probably better than anyone at doing it.

“They just use their head and shoulders in different ways. There’s different ways of exerting pressure in scrums. Some of it’s old fashioned, some of it’s new fashioned.

“They just do different things. They basically scrum for a living.”

With Sam Simmonds out of contention for at least the next two England games with a joint problem in his shoulder, Nathan Hughes will start against Scotland in the Calcutta Cup having joined the scrum session.

The twelve-times capped number eight played 24 minutes in Wasps’ defeat of Harlequins at The Stoop and will be kept in camp this weekend as Eddie Jones says his return from injury is timely.

“He’s got a lot of work to do and he knows that and he’s applying himself really well. He needs to do some heavy conditioning work and he’ll be doing that with us. He’ll be fit. We’ll make sure he’s fit.”

Joe Marler and James Haskell also rejoined England training this week following their respective bans. Eddie Jones concluding positively that his side had made gains from the scrum session.

“Our guys have learned a number of different things today. With the new laws, it’s finding different ways of exerting pressure without using your feet.

“Early on, [Georgia] probably had the superiority but I think we came back fairly well. It was an excellent session for us.”

England look to keep their Grand Slam dreams alive when they face the Scots on February 24 in Murrayfield.

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