England wing Watson return to 25-man squad


Flanker Jack Willis, winger Anthony Watson and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie have all been included in Eddie Jones’s extended 25-man squad to face Wales in the Nations Cup on Saturday, but centre Ollie Lawrence will miss the game with a hip injury.

Willis made a try-scoring debut against Georgia two weeks ago, but was left out of last weekend’s win over Ireland. He is among a strong group of back row options for Jones alongside Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola and Ben Earl — one of whom is likely to miss out when he names his match 23 on Thursday.

First-choice wing Watson is back for the first time after picking up an injury in the final Six Nations game against Italy last month, while Cowan-Dickie has recovered from knee surgery and is fit for a probable place on the bench, with Jamie George starting.

A win or draw for England in Llanelli will put them top of Group A in the new competition and set up a title decider at Twickenham on Dec. 6, when, subject to Thursday’s government tier announcement, there could be 4,000 fans to watch the game.

England provisional squad to face Wales:


Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Max Malins, Jonny May, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.


Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge , Jamie George, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jack Willis.

Articles You May Like

Pogacar storms to stage 15 win to stretch Tour lead
O’s rally, remain in 1st thanks to Yanks’ miscues
Els wins first senior major title at Firestone
Why the best player(s) in this MLB draft might not be taken No. 1 overall
‘Changing of the guard’: Carlos Alcaraz is heir apparent for tennis’s throne

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *