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Underhill among three 2021 recalls as Jones names 36-man squad

By Ian Cameron
Sam Underhill (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Eddie Jones has recalled three players not used this calendar year as he named a 36-player England squad ahead of their Guinness Six Nations match with Ireland.

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Bath’s Sam Underhill returns to the setup, as does Leicester’s Nic Dolly and Northampton Saints’ Alex Mitchell. Underhill played his first game for Bath – since suffering a concussion against Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup in January – this weekend in their win over Bristol Bears.

A statement reads: “Sam Underhill, Nic Dolly and Alex Mitchell return to the squad for the first time since the 2021 Autumn Nations Series, where England won their three fixtures against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.”

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Bath’s Orlando Bailey and Harlequins Luke Northmore are also named in the extended squad.

“Alex Dombrandt tested positive for COVID on Friday 4 March. After recording a positive LFT in the morning, he immediately went into isolation and did not take part in training. A PCR test confirmed the positive result later that evening. He is expected to rejoin the squad later next week.”

“Raffi Quirke suffered concussion in Sale Sharks’ game against Exeter Chiefs today and is unavailable for selection.”

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The Six Nations is officially over for Exeter Chiefs lock Jonny Hill. The giant lock had been undertaking rehab “on a low limb stress injury” since he arrived into England camp, but has now been returned to his club for the remainder of the tournament.

ENGLAND 36-MAN SQUAD:

FORWARDS
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 39 caps)
Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 7 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 64 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 54 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 6 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 91 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 77 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 50 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 18 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 27 caps)

BACKS
Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 55 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)
Max Malins (Saracens, 13 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 10 caps)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
Luke Northmore (Harlequins, uncapped)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 4 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 46 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 8 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 115 caps)

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