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Six Nations 2020: England Squad Update for Wales match

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has recalled 34 players to Pennyhill Park, including Jack Maunder, Ben Earl and Mark Wilson.

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has recalled 34 players to Pennyhill Park to begin preparations for England’s next Guinness Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday 7 March at Twickenham Stadium (KO 4.45pm, live on ITV).

Forwards
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Not available:
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Alex Moon (Northampton Saints)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)*
Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)

23 replies on “Six Nations 2020: England Squad Update for Wales match”

News over the weekend that BBC and ITV have been barred from submitting a joint bid for 6N coverage, likely meaning a pay-to-view provider will win the rights from 2021. To my knowledge, the 6N is the only rugby competition that remains free to air so this would be a huge blow and will surely have an impact on the visibility and accessibility of the sport to those from lower income backgrounds. Unions prioritising revenue looks like a collective shot in the foot.

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6N’s (or at least English games) had a brief and unsuccessful stint on Sky Sports… Making the whole thing PPV would be ridiculous. The fact that it is free to air is quite possibly the cornerstone of the success of the 6 Nations, as per Bolter, what can we do to stop this.

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At the very least, someone needs to start a petition. A lot of people are absolutely furious about this and we need to exert some pressure.

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If it goes through it’ll end my following the competition. I’m not being blackmailed into watching it.

It is good to see another SH, but still a baffling choice. The guy’s hardly played for various reasons. If EJ wants to look at a younger option, Harry Randall is crying out to be picked.

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Depressing that even in a squad of 34 EJ has no room for a genuine number 8. Simmonds and Dombrandt are both playing out of their skins at the moment. Also think Smith, J. Simmonds and Grayson are way ahead of Umaga on current form and Danny Care is a much better 9 than Youngs or Heinz.

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Agree with all that. Umaga’s the one (of many) that grates most, possibly because I’ve given up hope of sensible picks elsewhere.

Nothing against Umaga but those guys you’ve mentioned are in the same age range and streets ahead.

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Are we going to get a review of the Premiership this week or has that been abandoned in favour of Super rugby previews?

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As Jones’ leopard is unlikely to change its spots, the only way dissatisfaction with squad selection is likely to be addressed is if England lose to Wales & lose more thereafter. However, as this seems unlikely, don’t see any other option for punters here but to continue sucking it up I’m afaid.

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So,
Sarry gate,
Jones eccentric selections,
Ring fencing,
Possible removal of the 6N from terrestrial TV.
It’s only just March, God knows what state rugby will be in by december!

Except Mako isn’t. Blame Covid 19 and the flight back from Tonga. I’m guessing Obano will be re called.

So, the same team as last time for ko? Or will MV replace Marler & will Watson be at fullback, pushing Daly back on to the wing, replacing the eye catching JJ? Depends if Jones deems these potential changes will strengthen his team. If he regards the two aforementioned as match fit to start. Will he even revert to Furbank at 15? Maybe, but I think Marler may just get the nod as the ready to go incumbent, with perhaps Watson at 15. Attempting to 2nd guess Jones here. However, this is like trying to avoid a rattle snake in a lucky dip. The usual Friday to reveal?

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Will Ewels be in at eight? can Furbank regain his place in the back three?, can Amor turn our attack into a weapon so lethal the whole of World rugby will cower in terror? Tune in next week for the continuing saga of Eddie Jones, special agent………!

Acee, the worrying thing is that he sometimes seems to be a special agent for the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Unions, infiltrated in to sow confusion and despair!

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Think the only change to the starting XV will be Watson in for Joseph. Can see Wilson on the bench, whose composition might include 2 locks again and only 2 backs. Hope not but the template worked well enough last time and Jones isn’t likely to try anything too drastic.

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