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Ten England selection casualties from Borthwick's first squad

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Paul Childs/PA Images via Getty Images)

New England head coach Steve Borthwick has taken a not inconsiderable selection departure from Eddie Jones – with a slew of players omitted from his competitive squad as head coach.


There’s a total of 15 players who were named in the England Autumn Nations Series squad who – for various reasons – have not made Borthwick’s 2023 Guinness Six Nations squad.

The omissions of Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Jonny May will grab the headlines, but there a plenty of wider squad members who have been axed.

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Although he wasn’t included in the previous Test squad, there is no room for Bath centre Ollie Lawrence despite his fine form for Bath. There is however a recall for France-bound Harlequins centre Joe Marchant.

As well as Marchant; Haskell-Collins, Fin Smith, Ben Earl, Ben Curry, Dan Kelly, Dan Cole, Alex Dombrandt, Elliot Daly, Caden Murley and Max Malins have all been called up.

Hassell-Collins, McGuigan, Murley and Jack Walker are all uncapped.



Walker returns from injury in an England context, as does Ollie Chessum, Alex Dombrandt, Nick Isiekwe and Sam Underhill.

Hulking Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga is also not included. Alex Coles, Hugh Tizzard, Val Rapava Ruskin, David Ribbans, Guy Porter and George Furbank have also been shed from Eddie Jones’ final squad selection as head coach.

There are also injuries to the likes of Tom Curry, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Henry Arundell, Jack Singleton and Raffi Quirke.

England’s opening game is the Calcutta Cup fixture against Scotland on Saturday 4 February.


DROPPED PLAYERS: Jack Nowell, Jonny May, Billy Vunipola, Alex Coles, Hugh Tizzard, Val Rapava Ruskin, David Ribbans, Guy Porter, Joe Cokanasiga, George Furbank

UNAVAILABLE THROUGH INJURY: Tom Curry, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Henry Arundell, Jack Singleton, Raffi Quirke

ENGLAND SQUAD: O Chessum (Leicester Tigers), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), B Curry (Sale Sharks), A Dombrandt (Harlequins), B Earl (Saracens), E Genge (Bristol Bears), J George (Saracens), J Heyes (Leicester Tigers), J Hill (Sale Sharks), N Isiekwe (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), G McGuigan (Gloucester Rugby), B Rodd (Sale Sharks), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), K Sinckler (Bristol Bears), M Vunipola (Saracens), J Walker (Harlequins), J Willis (Toulouse).

Backs: E Daly (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), T Freeman (Northampton Saints), O Hassell-Collins (London Irish), D Kelly (Leicester Tigers), M Malins (Saracens), J Marchant (Harlequins), A Mitchell (Northampton Saints), C Murley (Harlequins), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), F Smith (Northampton Saints), M Smith (Harlequins), F Steward (Leicester Tigers), M Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), J van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).


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