England retain 25 players ahead of their Six Nations opener

  • England have retained 25 players ahead of their Six Nations opener
  • George Kruis suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday
  • His Saracens second-row partner Maro Itoje is set to start in the back row
25 players have been retained by England to prepare for Saturday’s opening RBS 6 Nations fixture against France at Twickenham Stadium.

George Kruis (Saracens) will go for further medical assessment this morning (Wednesday 1 Feb) to determine the extent of a knee injury picked-up in training today.


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Lock Maro Itoje has trained at blind-side flanker and is expected to fill the void vacated by Chris Robshaw, who continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

If coach Eddie Jones persists with his plan to field the 22-year-old on the flank, Northampton’s Courtney Lawes and Wasps Joe Launchbury will pair up in the second row if Kruis is unavailable.

Wing Jack Nowell missed training, but is understood to be fully fit and available for selection.

Forwards
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
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