England call up three more players to Six Nations shadow squad


Exeter Chiefs prop Alec Hepburn and Northampton duo Lewis Ludlam and David Ribbans have been called into England’s shadow squad ahead of the upcoming Guinness Six Nations Championship.

With Joe Marler withdrawing from the main squad earlier this week, head coach Eddie Jones has been keen to ensure he has enough options at loosehead ahead of the campaign, which begins against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, February 6 (4.45pm KO).

Marler’s withdrawal, coupled with an injury to Make Vunipola, means Jones has called up Wasps prop Tom West to fill the void and he will compete for a spot in the match-day 23 alongside Leicester’s Ellis Genge and Bath’s Beno Obano.

Elsewhere, Jones has also lost Wasps lock Joe Launchbury (leg) and Bath flanker Sam Underhill (hip) from his original selection. 

Bath’s Charlie Ewels and Wasps’ Jack Willis have been called into the main squad.

BACKS

Elliot Daly (Saracens, 47 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 88 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)
Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 3 caps)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 61 caps)
Paolo Odogwu (Wasps, uncapped)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, uncapped)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 7 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 46 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 104 caps)

FORWARDS 

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 26 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 28 caps)
Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 8 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 54 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 43 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 85 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 8 caps)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 2 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 56 caps)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 19 caps)

Tom West (Wasps, 0 caps)

Shadow squad

Charlie Atkinson (Wasps, uncapped)
Ali Crossdale (Saracens, uncapped)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)

Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs, 6 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 54 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 4 caps)
George Martin (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 8 caps)

50 players will swap countries for the 2021 Six Nations

6. England – 1 player

  1. Billy Vunipola (Sydney, Australia)

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