England prepare for the Six Nations, hot on the heels of a third consecutive Championship. However, this year promises to be a fascinating tournament, with Ireland and Scotland also coming in hot, France somewhat of an unknown quantity under new management, and reasons for Wales to believe they can cause a shock.
For Eddie Jones and the Red Rose to reign supreme once again, they’ll need to be at their best and have all their biggest stars fit and firing.
To that end, they’ve received a massive boost with the news that Saracens duo Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola are back in the squad to face Wasps next weekend.
The pair are regarded as two of the very best in their respective positions anywhere in world rugby.
The European champions face into a huge month, with games against Ospreys and Northampton Saints as they look to keep their three-in-a-row dream alive.
Speaking about their return, Mark McCall revealed how preparations are looking good ahead of a huge month for the London side.
“Maro and Billy will come into consideration next weekend and we have some big selection decisions to make.
“We have a huge game coming up against the Ospreys and we will need our best team out and hopefully Liam Williams will also be back in contention for that.” Quote via the Guardian.
With the Six Nations opener in Rome just 34 days away, Eddie Jones can be satisfied that two of his key players will have some game-time under their belts before the tournament.