England squad update: Underhill in, Dombrandt ruled out - Ruck

England squad update: Underhill in, Dombrandt ruled out

Eddie Jones has named a 36-player England squad ahead of their Guinness Six Nations match against Ireland (Saturday 12 March, 4.45pm KO).

Sam Underhill, Nic Dolly and Alex Mitchell return to the squad for the first time since the 2021 Autumn Nations Series. Orlando Bailey and Luke Northmore are also named in the squad.

Alex Dombrandt tested positive for COVID on Friday 4 March. After recording a positive LFT in the morning, he immediately went into isolation and did not take part in training. A PCR test confirmed the positive result later that evening. He is expected to rejoin the squad later next week.

Raffi Quirke suffered concussion in Sale Sharks’ game against Exeter Chiefs and is unavailable for selection. Jonny Hill, who has been undertaking rehab on a low limb stress injury since he arrived into camp, has returned to his club Exeter Chiefs for the remainder of the tournament.



Alfie Barbeary

Jamie Blamire

Ollie Chessum

Tom Curry

Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)

Alex Dombrandt

Charlie Ewels

Ellis Genge

Jamie George

Joe Heyes

Maro Itoje

Nick Isiekwe

Joe Launchbury

Courtney Lawes

Joe Marler

Bevan Rodd

Sam Simmonds

Kyle Sinckler

Will Stuart

Sam Underhill


Orlando Bailey

Elliot Daly

George Ford

George Furbank

Ollie Hassell-Collins

Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)

Max Malins

Joe Marchant

Alex Mitchell

Jack Nowell

Luke Northmore

Harry Randall

Henry Slade

Marcus Smith

Freddie Steward

Ben Youngs

Expected England XV to play Ireland


  • 15. Freddie Steward
  • 14. Max Malins
  • 11. Jack Nowell
Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK


  • 13. Joe Marchant for Elliot Daly
  • 12. Henry Slade
Henry Slade of England kicks the conversion during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK


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