Six Nations 2019: England training squad for Wales game

Joe Cokanasiga

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has called up 33 players to continue preparations for England’s third Guinness Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday 23rd February (KO 4:45pm, live on BBC).

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks) will not join the squad due to a minor calf strain. He will spend the week rehabbing with his club.

33-man 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)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
Brad Shields (Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors) *
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

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

26 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: England training squad for Wales game

  1. Good to see Cokasaniga and Genge in there. Also good for the likes of Thorley to get recognised and get some exposure to the England set up

  2. I think most of this squad picks itself for the Wales game.
    Nowell in with Cokanasiga on the bench, although I suspect Brown might be back in with Daly on the wing?
    Keep Kruis and Lawes with launch on the bench. I would start Moon, George and Sinckler, with Genge, LCD and Williams on the bench. I think Genge is still a bit raw to start. The Welsh pack would definitely target him for a wind up.
    Back row the same, but Shields on the bench instead of Hughes.

    I would love to see guys like Earl, Singleton and Thorley etc given some time in the Italy game. (Not sure why Earle and Soloman have been left out?) Starting or off the bench doesn’t matter, but give them some time to prove themselves.

    1. D(D). As Jones will likely pick the same team as the prev 2, so far as is possible, why would he change Daly for Brown now? I would personally have Brown to start anyway & rotate him with ED. However, as I’m not picking the team & Jones is, wouldn’t this undermine his probable WC starter @ 15 in Daly? To chop & change now shows indecision & so makes no ‘Jones’ sense, does it? BTW, I’d have Launchbury in place of Kruis too. Doubt Jones will though.

  3. ‘re the FB debate, I think that Don is correct (said through gritted teeth?) and EJ has nailed his colours to the ED mast and he isn’t about to change, because he just won’t, because he has rubbed the presses noses in it about ED playing FB, because he has no reason to, and because (and this is most important to me) ED suits EJs attacking game plan far better than Brown. Yes you might lose something in defence but you gain (hopefully) much more in attack.

    So after two games, I think ED deserves to stay at FB and the more game time that he gets at that position before the RWC the better.

  4. Think Don is right and we’ll prob just seen two changes from France with Moon in for Mako and Nowell in for Ashton
    That should mean we see Cokasaniga on the bench but wouldn’t be surprised if Brown is selected there instead – perhaps a better choice for a crunch game like this
    I too would prefer to see Shields over Hughes, but I don’t think we will

  5. I said in an earlier post that mako’s abscence will make a difference to how we play this game and I see nothing to alter that view. Moon is top class at scrum time but not a big carrier and genge can do both but is a bit green. factor in the sheer number of tackles and carries mako makes and his loss will be significant.
    With the inclusion of Brown i wonder if Ed is expecting Wales to try and beat us at our own kicking game? Or is he just being his usual, capricious self?
    If we turn up and the intensity is there we can win but Wales have had plenty of time to analyse our approach and work on nullifying the likes of Slade and Daly kicking from hand.
    England by eight.

    1. Acee. MV’s workload will just have to be shared with other tacklers & ball carriers. Moon can do what he does @ scrum & also as much as he can in attack & ‘D’. Regds Brown, EJ discarded him from the match day squad last time. He may include him this time, or he may not. If he does, he is only likely to incl Brown if England are on the back foot. However, I suspect that he’ll have his team out of the traps faster than Ballymena Bob, again seeking the early practical & psychological advantage of scoring quick & 1st. Whilst Wales will be aware of England’s likely game plan, as per the last 2 games. They will seek to counter with their own rush ‘D’, potentially targeting Daly & through their backs via high tempo attack. However, to prevail, they will have to outmuscle England for 80.. & not make 9 errors, turnovers as in the 1st 1/2 as v Fr. Or scrape a tryless win as v Oz by 3! You can not always tell, but yr 8 seems reasonable.. I think?

      1. My inbuilt caution rises to the fore again Don! I said we’d have a toughie against France, so what do I know? I just feel this one renders form and favour meaningless. Gats won’t want a white washing so close to the World cup and neither will we. This one will be be a real war of attrition and fine margins.Or….., we’ll romp it buy something silly like twenty five points. Who knows?

        1. Well you know as much as many, incl yrs truly, Acee. Who predicted that score line v Fr? Never know for sure, but just think Wales struggled too much in some 6N & v Fr.

  6. I would start with Shields at 6 because he offers more in the lineout and this has been a weakness for Wales so far. Id have Wilson on the Bench as cover across the back row.

    I’d also start with Cokanasiga and have Nowell on the bench because this gives better cover in case of injuries and Nowell.

    I would rather Brown at Fullback but I can see Daly keeping his spot.

    1. Interesting TTD. You must be 1 of the few (only 1?) who prefers Shields over Wilson. Understand yr reasoning. Makes sense to me, if not potentially EJ. However, most others here seem to opt for Wilson, esp 1 punter who opines that Shields is as much use as a 1 legged man @ an arse kicking party.. or words to that effect! Perhaps we’ll see, if Shields gets game time?

      1. The point about Wales’ lineout is a good one. But Wilson has been playing extremely well especially when it comes to disrupting and slowing oppostion rucks, so I personally wouldn’t drop him.
        Also, Wales area of strength is the back row and with Tipuric at 7 (and if they have any sense Navidi at 6), I would want Wilson smashing every ruck he can and making sure Tipuric can’t play his disruptive game. From what I’ve seen of him and Shields, Wilson seems more effective at this.

  7. Sometimes I think Eddie learns, sometimes I don’t.

    I don’t mind Ashton as a player but I feel his England career is more or less over, he played OK against France and had that lovely grubber to put May in but I feel he isn’t the future, Cokanasiga on the other hand is.

    Yes he is a bit green but I do like one of the back three in any side to have a bit of bosh about them, just feel it mixes it up when you have the electric pace and evasiveness of May on side and the raw power and pace of Cokanasiga the other.

    If they interchange it keeps the opposition guessing.

    That being said I think we will start with Daly, May and Nowell with Cokanasiga on the bench.

    1. I think fast ed mystifies us all at one point or another Mr B. I’d certainly have Big Joe in the mix somewhere. If we are struggling in the last twenty, he could be a real game changer with the right service.

    2. Makes some sense Mr B, but what’s Joe Cocka’s positional sense & ability like on ‘D’, bearing in mind there’s a WC that will be here before you can finish yr nxt pint? Don’t need some nxt big thing floundering around @ the back like a rag doll.

  8. This isn’t on point with respect to the discussion but I was wondering if anybody can supply me with information regarding the 2020 fixtures list. I live in Canada and would like to plan a trip over to see some of the 2020 tournament. Thanks.

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