Six Nations 2019: England Squad to Play Italy

Jonny May

England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 27 players to prepare for England’s next Guinness Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 4:45pm live on ITV).

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) has been called up as injury cover for Maro Itoje (Saracens) while Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby) is retained as injury cover for Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs).

England squad

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
Brad Shields (Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens) captain
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

What would be your ideal lineup against Italy this weekend?

13 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: England Squad to Play Italy

  1. I wondered if EJ might experiment a little, in what is one of his last chances to identify squad players for the RWC, but it seems he will go for a full strength side.

    1. With the title still in the balance we need to aim for maximum points in this one. Had we beaten Wales he would of had a bit more freedom.

      1. It’s a state of mind Ben H. 1 lost game, v Wales, like 1 won game v Ireland, will likely have disproportionate connotations for England by Eddie’s selection of his prev line up; as far as is poss. It’s a lack of belief in his & his team’s ability to play an adaptive & all court game. It’s Italy, @ home, FCOL! Should switch to a woman coach as she could multi-task by picking for the here & now, as well as for the WC!

  2. I would like to see some of the wider squad involved in this game in case they are needed for the WC squad. My 23 for the match:
    1. Genge, 2. LCD, 3. Williams, 4. Ewels, 5. Launchbury, 6. Robshaw, 7. Earl, 8. Vunipola, 9. Robson, 10. Ford, 11. Cokanasiga, 12. Tuilagi, 13. Slade, 14. Thorley, 15. Daly

    16. George, 17. Moon, 18. Sinckler, 19. Kruis, 20. Wilson, 21. Youngs, 22. Farrell, 23. T’eo.

    Not the most ideal number 23 in T’eo, but given that EJ has limited his options and with Nowell injured there isn’t really another option. Only worry is if one of the wingers or Daly gets crocked we will have Slade or Tuilagi covering a wing or 15. Slade at 15 doesn’t seem too bad, but Tuilagi and T’eo in the centres?

  3. IMHO Robson MUST be given some game time. He probably hasn’t had enough gel time with the squad as it is to be adequate WC cover, but at the very least he needs to start; otherwise drop him and bring Care back into the fold.

    I fear we are in for more of the same, however, at least in terms of selection. EJ has gone from being a bold, unafraid to upset the apple cart type of coach from his first few years (e.g. hoiking under performing players before halftime) to the RFU sycophant so many other England coaches have become.

    1. EC, 1 press report reckoned on Robson starting, which will be gd for him & surely longer term for England.. If he gets sufficient future run on time. Do you really want a back up 1/2 with 10 mins game time leading up to a WC? And is Eddie aping Lancaster then ?

      1. Yep, I think EJ has succombed to the pressure of the RFU and the British press in a similar vein to Lancaster and is no longer the free thinking Aussie wild card he once was. Tow the line, Eddie, tow the line.

        Team out, Robson benched again. *sigh*

  4. We need to balance building continuity/partnerships in certain positions (centres backrow) with developing opportunities for fringe players
    Genge, George, Sinkler, Ewels, Launchbury, Wilson, Curry, Vunipola, Robson, Farrell, May, Tuilagi, Slade, Cockanasiga, Daly

    Moon, LCD, Cole, Kruis, Shields, Youngs, Teo, Thorley

    Taking a risk on Moving Slade to 10 if Farrell gets injured with no 10 cover on bench

    1. Agree Leon, except that this building should have happened 2 yrs or so back. Slade has only recently come into the team as has 1/2 the pack. Building may have been better utilised by not discarding certain experienced players, but by having deployed a rotational system instead.

  5. I’m quickly giving up trying to work out what Eddie is aiming for. Feels like a fools errand. For example, we now have Cole back and Williams discarded. Answers on a post card please to RFU headquarters, Twickenham.


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