SQUAD UPDATE: England call-up replacement for Courtney Lawes


Northampton Saints forward David Ribbans has been called up to the England squad for the rest of the Guinness Six Nations.

Eddie Jones’ side, who are currently on a fallow week, will meet again at their training base, The Lensbury in Teddington to prepare for their last two matches on Sunday.

England will take on France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 13 March (4.45pm KO) and Ireland in Dublin on Saturday 20 March (4.45pm KO). Both matches will be live on ITV 1.

Elsewhere, some of the squad members who have received less playing time during the tournament will be given the opportunity to play for their clubs in their respective fixtures this weekend. 

This will be an individual decision for each player from a performance perspective and is in line with tournament regulations and COVID-19 protocols. 

EDITORS PICKS:

NIGEL OWENS RANKS THE THREE HARDEST ENGLISH PLAYERS TO REFEREE:

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3. Maro Itoje

NIGEL OWENS SAID: “The second-row is someone who plays right on the edge. That is what makes him such a great player. He must be so difficult to play against but he’s also difficult to referee and I mean that with the utmost respect.”

” You don’t want him to change the way he plays but he needs to pick and choose when he gambles on the situation and when he doesn’t. And understand better those moments when you are under pressure and knowing when, if you take a risk and get it wrong, you will land your team in real trouble.

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