Elliot Daly and Jamie George have been withdrawn from the England squad due to injury ahead of the Six Nations.
Saracens lost 20-14 to Edinburgh in the Champions Cup over the weekend due to injuries to Daly (hamstring) and George (concussion).
The Newcastle hooker Jamie Blamire and Bath center Ollie Lawrence have been called up to the England squad and will train at Twickenham this week.
Duo called in as replacements
As of Monday, Jack Walker was the only fit hooker in the squad, but Blamire has now brought that number up to three. In preparation for next week’s championship opener at Twickenham on Saturday, February 4, Steve Borthwick’s side are on a five-day training camp.
As a result of Monday’s setback, Courtney Lawes and George McGuigan have joined Luke Cowan-Dickie on the sidelines.
With his return to top form for Saracens in recent weeks, Daly was set to play a prominent role, while George has extensive international experience. The Saracens full-back has been replaced by Borthwick with a centre, while Lawes was replaced by David Ribbans yesterday as a second-rower.
Scotland opener fast approaching
On Sunday (February 12), England play Italy at Twickenham after kicking off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland. After a week’s break, England travels to Wales on Saturday, February 25 before playing France on March 11 and then finishing against Ireland on March 18.
Borthwick said on Monday that there is plenty of time before the game against Scotland a week from now.
Whenever there is a setback, it opens up an opportunity for someone else. We have a good squad and players who are desperate for the opportunity.
Opportunity knocks for some players
You need a squad where players compete for places and grab those opportunities with both hands.
There is a need to build greater depth. These opportunities allow players to show they can be Test players.