England prop Joe Marler reportedly requested to be released from England duty in order to play for his club Harlequins against Wasps this weekend.
Eddie Jones has retained Ellis Genge, the starting England prop in rounds one and two of the Six Nations, and the unused Bevan Rodd in his 25-man squad for a training camp gathering in London.
Marler, who has only played 31 minutes in the opening two rounds, wants game time according to The Times.
He is fully expected to return to the squad on Sunday ahead of England’s clash with Wales at Twickenham on February 26th.
Other players who weren’t officially called back for full training this week were forwards Jamie Blamire, Joe Heyes, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, and Sam Simmonds, and backs Mark Atkinson, George Furbank, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Louis Lynagh, Raffi Quirke and Adam Radwan.
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 38 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 6 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 63 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 53 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps)
Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 49 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 54 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps)
Max Malins (Saracens, 12 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 9 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 36 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 45 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 7 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 114 caps)
Joe Marler picks his perfect front-row
LOOSEHEAD-PROP: Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
- Major teams: Sharks, South Africa, Barbarians
- Position Prop
- Caps 117
Marler said: “The most of our demise in Japan in 2019. He was called ‘The beast’ for good reason.”