Eddie Jones Retains 24 Players For Italy Clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 24 players to prepare for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham.

Prop Mako Vunipola is retained in the 24, having missed the opening two games through injury. Bath wing Anthony Watson is also included as is Exeter centre Henry Slade, while Owen Farrell is set to win his 50th cap if selected in the matchday 23.

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph has been dropped by Jones, with Eliot Daly now likely to line out in midfield in a new look back-line.

Jones names his side to face Italy on Friday at 10am.

Forwards (13)

Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs (11)

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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