March 4, 2019 / 10:49 AM / 23 days ago

Rugby-Itoje, Robshaw named in England Six Nations squad

March 4 (Reuters) - England lock Maro Itoje and flanker Chris Robshaw have been called up to the training squad by coach Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

Itoje, who sustained medial ligament damage during England’s 32-20 win over holders Ireland in their opening game, had his recovery fast-tracked after Courtney Lawes was ruled out of the tournament due to a calf strain.

Centre Jonathan Joseph, who has 40 caps, was also called up along with uncapped winger Ollie Thorley and number eight Ben Earl.

England are second in the Championship, two points behind Wales who beat Jones’s side 21-13 in Cardiff last month.

England squad:

Forwards

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)

Ben Earl (Saracens)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)

Jamie George (Saracens)

Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)

Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Brad Shields (Wasps)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs

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)

Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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