In Steve Borthwick’s first campaign following the sacking of Eddie Jones, Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith have been named in the side; Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Jonny May miss out; Farrell has been confirmed as captain.
Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith have been named in England’s squad for the Six Nations, leaving Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell, and Jonny May out.
As Eddie Jones did before, Farrell will captain the team once again.
After an injury, Courtney Lawes has returned to the squad, as well as Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt and Nick Isiekwe, as well as backs Elliot Daly, Dan Kelly, Max Malins and Joe Marchant.
England Six Nations squad – forwards
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, 1 cap), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 9 caps), Ben Earl (Saracens, 13 caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 43 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 72 caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 19 caps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 8 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 62 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 96 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps), George McGuigan (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 56 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps), Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped), Jack Willis (Toulouse, 6 caps).
England Six Nations squad – backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57 caps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 101 caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 caps), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped), Dan Kelly (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap), Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 13 caps), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 52 caps), Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 17 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 50 caps), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 121 caps)
As well as Fin Smith, Borthwick has called up Ollie Hassell-Collins, George McGuigan, Cadan Murley and Jack Walker, all uncapped players.
A home match against Scotland kicks off England’s Six Nations campaign on Saturday February 4, followed by a match against Italy the following weekend.
Borthwick’s side will then travel to Wales (Saturday February 25) and host France (Saturday March 11) before facing Ireland (Saturday March 18).
Borthwick said: “This is an exciting squad, with a blend of Six Nations experience and young talent, and includes players who are in excellent form in the Premiership.
“We are all looking forward to the challenges of the Six Nations and we will approach this great tournament with a spirit of courage and total commitment.
“I know the players can’t wait to get back to Twickenham and give our fans a performance they can be proud of.
“The hard work for the Scotland game starts now.
“When we met the players we sensed the pain from the Tests in the autumn but also a determination and excitement to get to work. Every game matters when you play for England and we have 19 days to prepare for Scotland at Twickenham.”
England Schedule at Six Nations 2023
England’s Six Nations fixtures
- vs Scotland – Saturday February 4 (Twickenham)
- vs Italy – Sunday February 12 (Twickenham)
- vs Wales – Saturday February 25 (Cardiff)
- vs France – Saturday March 11 (Twickenham)
- vs Ireland – Saturday March 18 (Dublin)