Sam Simmonds is a major doubt for England’s NatWest 6 Nations clash with Scotland after being omitted from a squad selected for this week’s training camp in London.
The number eight suffered a shoulder injury against Wales on Saturday and has returned to his club for treatment, meaning fit-again Nathan Hughes may make an instant return.
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Further cover in the position is provided by Sale’s Cardiff-born England Under-20 star Sam Moore, who is present as an ‘apprentice player’ and had previously been on Wales’ radar.
No detailed prognosis is yet available as to how long Simmonds will be out while the Bath wing Anthony Watson will be assessed this week after limping off early in the second half of England’s 12-6 win at Twickenham.
The number eight has been omitted from the 32 players picked by Eddie Jones and it has been widely reported he is likely to miss the trip to Murrayfield on Saturday week.
England training squad:
Back three: M Brown (Harlequins), G Ibitoye (Harlequins) *, H Mallinder (Northampton Saints), J May (Leicester Tigers), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), D Solomona (Sale Sharks), A Watson (Bath Rugby)
Inside backs: D Care (Harlequins), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), M Smith (Harlequins) *, B Te’o (Worcester Warriors), R Wigglesworth (Saracens).
Back five: C Ewels (Bath Rugby), J Haskell (Wasps), N Hughes (Wasps), N Isiekwe (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), J Launchbury (Wasps), Z Mercer (Bath Rugby), S Moore (Sale Sharks) *, C Robshaw (Harlequins), S Underhill (Bath Rugby).
Front row: D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), J George (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs)