England have named three uncapped players in their Six Nations squad
Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been included despite suffering a leg fracture
Marler had been expected to miss the start of the tournament
Eddie Jones has announced his England squad ahead of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.
The 34-man squad will train in Portugal between 22-27 January before assembling at Pennyhill Park to prepare for their opening match against France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 4 February (kick-off 4.50pm, live on ITV).
Back rower Mike Williams, prop Nathan Catt and versatile back Alex Lozowski are the uncapped trio, while prop Ellis Genge, 21, is also in the 34-man squad.
Flanker James Haskell, lock Maro Itoje, winger Anthony Watson, back rower Jack Clifford and winger Jack Nowell all return after injury.
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“I’ve been impressed with the three uncapped players named in the squad,” said Jones.
“They’re all guys who have great physical capabilities and they all have a desire to improve. With a number of injuries to some key players it’s a great opportunity for them.
“It’s good to welcome back a number of players who weren’t with us during the autumn,
“This time last year I said that the long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby. Obviously I’ve been pleased with how the team’s progressing, but there’s still plenty to improve on.”