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Jamie George to lead new look England squad for the Six Nations

Saracens hooker Jamie George has been chosen to lead a fresh looking England squad, containing the likes of Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Ethan Roots and Fraser Dingwall.

Saracens hooker Jamie George has been chosen to lead a fresh looking England squad, containing the likes of Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Ethan Roots and Fraser Dingwall.

Farrell has opted to step back from international duty this Six Nations for personal reasons, and with no Courtney Lawes for England, Steve Borthwick has given the mantel to Jamie George.

Jamie George leads a strong looking England side, with a large chunk of the squad coming from table toppers Northampton Saints.

Fin Smith is the headline name called in from Phil Dowson’s side, but he is joined by the likes Tommy Freeman, George Furbank and the uncapped Fraser Dingwall.

Northampton aren’t the only side to have made an impression. Several Bath players have earned a call from Steve Borthwick after their great form of late, including Beno Obano, Ollie Lawrence and Ben Spencer. There is no room for Will Muir in the squad though.

Henry Slade has also seen his fantastic club earn its rewards as he is recalled to the England set-up, and he is joined by clubmates Immanuel Feyi-Waboso and Ethan Roots.

Cardiff-native Feyi-Waboso has become one of the Chiefs key men this season, and his good form led to much speculation over his international future.

He qualifies for both England and Wales, and has been the subject of a tug-of-war between the nations ahead of the tournament, however the winger has opted to wear the Red Rose of England this Six Nations.

From current Chiefs stars to a former one; Luke Cowan-Dickie-now of Sale Sharks-has earned a recall to the England squad following a difficult time with injury.

Steve Borthwick gives seven uncapped players Six Nations shot

There are a good crop of uncapped players in the squad.

Exeter Chiefs duo Manny Feyi-Waboso and Ethan Roots could have been pulling on the red jersey of Wales this Six Nations in another timeline, however their form for the Chiefs has earned them a spot in the England set-up.

Northampton Saints have been in great form too, and the 10/12 combination of Fin Smith and Fraser Dingwall has really helped their rise up the table. The pair have both been in England camps before, with this upcoming Six Nations being Dingwall’s tenth attempt at earning his first cap. Smith was involved with the side in 2022, but was also unable to break into the match-day squad. Could this be their chance?

Harlequins also have a pair of bolters in the England squad this Six Nations, as Chandler Cunningham-South and Oscar Beard make the squad after some fine showings. The pair have really impressed this season, and the experience of being in an England camp will only make them better players.

The last uncapped player in the squad is Sale Sharks back Tom Roebuck. The Sale winger-who also qualifies for Scotland-has made his own mark in the Sale backline this season, which has put him in Steve Borthwick’s thoughts. He is another player who will only improve whilst in the England set-up.

Steve Borthwick on England selection:

“Building on the foundations of what the England Team achieved in the Rugby World Cup, I have selected a squad that provides strong continuity and experience, whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to develop the talent of a number of new and less experienced players,” said Borthwick.
“I would particularly like to congratulate the new faces who have their first chance in an England squad, and very much look forward to seeing how that young talent can play an important part in ensuring that England continue to develop our game and move forward. 
“The Six Nations is a tremendously entertaining and hugely competitive competition. This year will be no different, and as we prepare for the challenge which awaits us against Italy in Rome, this squad will come together next week for a training camp in Girona.”

England squad for the Six Nations in full:

Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Chandler Cunningham-South, Ben Curry, Theo Dan, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George (C), Joe Heyes, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Joe Marler, Beno Obano, Tom Pearson, Ethan Roots, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Oscar Beard, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Fraser Dingwall, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, George Ford, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Mitchell, Tom Roebuck, Henry Slade, Fin Smith, Marcus Smith, Ben Spencer, Freddie Steward