Six Nations 2019: England Squad Update for Scotland

Marcus Smith

England head coach Eddie Jones has called up 31 players to prepare for England’s final Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 4:45pm live on ITV).

Maro Itoje (Saracens) has returned to his club to continue to rehabilitation.

England squad

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

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

No Chris Robshaw this time, Marcus Smith and Ollie Thorley join up with the squad.

How do you think England should line up for their final match?

19 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: England Squad Update for Scotland

  1. Smith and Thorley are undoubtedly the future, but if you watched the game yesterday, which of the Smith or Cipriani would you pick for England? Smith isn’t even starting for Quins at the moment. Maybe my Glaws bias showing through. Actually thought Robshaw had a fairly decent game yesterday but I do think other players have now surpassed him.

    Wonder what the reason is behind Stooke and Earl. Are they just training ground fodder, do we have some more injuries?

    1. Itoje is a definite non starter for saturday which explains the sudden recall of TWO locks!
      No Glaws bias Staggy, just common sense. Smith will train then get sent back to ‘Quins with a gold star and a promise of greater things to come. Meanwhile, arguably the most naturally gifted play maker in English Rugby gets to take the dog for a walk on saturday afternoon.

  2. With this omission of Robshaw it looks to me as though his RWC race has run, and potentially therefore his England career. Unless of course he has a storming end to the season. With the number of big ball carrying options available to EJ, I really don’t see why he is persisting with Hughes. The guy spends more time looking at himself on the big screen than he does playing! Robshaw adds valuable experience to a unit of the team which is currently fallow and to my mind is more deserving of squad place than Hughes.

    Onto the game itself, firstly I would like to see Ireland win, not because it give England a chance to win the six nations (although that would certainly be nice) but because it creates a almost ‘bonus’ high pressure game for our players and one in which we can see them tested under trying conditions. A tournament closer against Scotland with the party underway in Cardiff would be a damp way to finish the competition for English players and fans.

    I’d like to see Robson start with Wilson & Slade reinstated and a bench spot for Nowell who should be bought on at 15 to see how he copes in the backfield. I’m still not convinced by Daly but potentially see Nowell and Daly as interchangeable in the 23/15 spots depending on the opposition.

    1. I wonder if Hughes will remain if Itoje is fit for the Scotland game. Kruis and Launchbury to start with Shields at 6, with Itoje and Wilson on the bench? Looks more attractive than a good flanker and a lacklustre 8!
      Wilson provides cover across the whole back row and Itoje can cover lock and 6.

      1. Robshaw has been playing well for Quins but whilst I’d hate to see Hughes go to the RWC, I can’t see EJ dropping him – even though it’s a waste of a spot
        Robshaw’s experience would be invaluable at the RWC and his ability to fill in at 6,7 and even 8 at a pinch makes him a good squad choice.
        I wonder if EJ thinks that Robshaw is a known quantity that he has as a back up should injuries badly effect his preferred squad. After all, Robshaw and the likes of Brown and Care (both of whom should be involved) are a nice luxury to have sat at home should necessity mean calling players up

      2. Itoje is out. That doesn’t explain why we suddenly have two locks included. One would have been enough and either Morgan, Ewers or A.N. Other as opposed to TJ Hughes (the cut price number eight!)

  3. Yup I am in the Nathan Hughes M’eh camp, I’m not saying his arse is fat but when he ran onto the pitch on Saturday I though he was a weeble!

    All joking aside he just doesn’t offer anything at even 10% of the effort that Billy does and offers nowt on the flank or at lock, I know Lawes isn’t fit but Christ i’d rather see him on the flank.

    It won’t happen but i’d drop Hughes all together for the World Cup as Itoje can cover lock and flank if required.

    You can make an argument for almost every player in the 31 going to The World Cup apart from Hughes.

    1. Seconded here. I really can’t understand why Morgan isn’t getting a call up. He’s been outstanding this season and is a lot more versatile than Hughes.

  4. Yep, I agree with the consensus here. I would pick Hughes on the bench from the current squad as back row cover but I would have Sam Simmonds (when fit) and Ben Morgan ahead of him as out and out Number 8 options if I had the choice.

    1. I am a big fan of Ben Morgan. But can he okay on the flank? If not, I don’t think you can have him as an out and out 8 on the bench could cost us in mobility….?

          1. Morgan only plays at 8, which means he starts a game or isn’t in the 23. However I would still have him in the RWC squad as cover for BV, who also only plays at 8. Have to say that I thought that Hughes had only played at 8 until he came on as lock for England. Does anyone know if he has played at other positions for wasps?

      1. Idea to rotate him with Billy V? Even start with Morgan? That way both get game time. Also BV can more gradually work back to match fitness whilst lessening the risk of another broken arm? What say you H’dog man?

  5. Dan Robson must have run over EJ’s cat! He’s out with “Illness”, so Ben Spencer has been given the poisoned chalice.


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