England rugby LIVE: Six Nations 2023 squad confirmed by Steve Borthwick

England’s Six Nations squad has been announced on Monday morning.

New coach Steve Borthwick has selected his 36-man group after he replaced Eddie Jones as the man in charge late last year. The bombshell news overnight is that Jones has already agreed a return to international coaching with his native Australia ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Northampton Saints fly-half Fin Smith has been handed a first call-up joining four other uncapped players in the squad – Ollie Hassell-Collins, George McGuigan, Cadan Murley and Jack Walker while Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell are the big-name omissions.

Courtney Lawes returns to the squad following injury. There are also returns for Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt and Nick Isiekwe and backs Elliot Daly, Dan Kelly, Max Malins and Joe Marchant.

Meanwhile, Owen Farrell is set to be available for England’s opening game against Scotland on 4 February after the Rugby Football Union confirmed his ban for a dangerous tackle will have been deemed fully served before the tournament begins.

England Six Nations 2023 squad

  • England’s 36-man squad for 2023 Six Nations confirmed

  • Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell left out by Steve Borthwick

  • Veteran Dan Cole returns more than three years after last cap

  • Fin Smith among five uncapped players named by Borthwick

  • Owen Farrell cleared for first game against Scotland

  • Eddie Jones tips ‘outstanding’ Borthwick to impress as England rugby union head coach

England squad for Six Nations 2023 confirmed with three high-profile omissions

11:00 , Michael Jones

England have confirmed their squad for the 2023 Six Nations with three high-profile omissions.

Steve Borthwick, who took over from Eddie Jones as head coach at the end of last year, has named a 36-strong group for the tournament that begins early next month.

The new coach has opted to jettison veterans Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell for his first squad.

Number eight Vunipola and wings May and Nowell were all involved in the 27-13 defeat by South Africa that concluded the autumn and spelt the end of the Jones era.

While the trio are not part of the squad that will next week begin preparations for the opener against Scotland, there are recalls for Dan Cole and Elliot Daly.

England squad for Six Nations confirmed with three high-profile omissions

England Six Nations schedule

10:53 , Michael Jones

England’s opening game is the Calcutta Cup fixture against Scotland on Saturday 4th February (4.45pm KO).

Following the Scotland clash, England will host Italy on Sunday 12th February (3pm KO) then will travel to Cardiff to take on Wales on Saturday 25th February (4.45pm KO).

England are back at Twickenham to face France on Saturday 11th March (4.45pm KO) before their final game in Dublin against Ireland on Saturday 18th March (5pm KO).

All matches are live on ITV, except for Wales vs England which is on the BBC.

Owen Farrell announced as captain

10:47 , Michael Jones

In his press conference following the announcement of the England squad, Steve Borthwick has named Owen Farrell as captain of the team with Courtney Lawes and Ellis Genge named as vice-captains.

Borthwick says he has been given assurances that Farrell will have served his four-match bacn for a dangerous tackle before the Six Nations starts against Scotland on February 4th.

‘This is an exciting squad'

10:45 , Michael Jones

Speaking about his squad announcement, England head coach Steve 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."

Nowell and May left out

10:42 , Michael Jones

As expected Jack Nowell and Jonny May have both been left out of the squad and are part of six omissions from Eddie Jones’ previous 36-man squad during the Autumn internationals.

Also getting the drop were Billy Vunipola, David Ribbans, Alex Coles, and Guy Porter.

Five uncapped players in England squad

10:37 , Michael Jones

Steve Borthwick has named his first England squad that will meet for a Guinness Six Nations training camp next week.

There is a first call up for Northampton Saints’ Fin Smith with the fly half joining four other uncapped players in the squad. Those being Ollie Hassell-Collins, George McGuigan, Cadan Murley and Jack Walker.

Elsewhere, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Nick Isiekwe, Elliot Daly, Dan Kelly, Max Malins, and Joe Marchant have all been recalled.

Borthwick announces England squad

10:33 , Michael Jones

England squad announcement

Full England 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)

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)

Eddie Jones tips ‘outstanding’ Steve Borthwick to impress as England rugby union head coach

10:30 , Michael Jones

Eddie Jones has backed “outstanding” Steve Borthwick to be a success as England rugby head coach and opened up on the mistakes he believes cost him the job.

Jones was dismissed last month after a poor 2022 having held the role for seven years and guided England to the 2019 World Cup final.

He told the Guardian: “I don’t have any regrets but there were a couple of mistakes, a couple of decisions I probably rushed.”

Jones cited poor decisions regarding his assistants as one mistake, while criticising England’s reliance on the public school system and the type of players it produced did not go down well with the establishment.

Eddie Jones tips ‘outstanding’ Steve Borthwick to impress as England head coach

England squad announcement

10:22 , Michael Jones

Not long now until Steve Borthwick names the first England squad of his tenure. Will there be any big omissions or recalls?

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Kevin Sinfield happy to challenge Steve Borthwick if it will help England

10:15 , Michael Jones

Kevin Sinfield will continue to challenge Steve Borthwick if he believes it will assist England’s climb out of the doldrums.

Sinfield will serve as Borthwick’s number two after the coaching brains trust that took the 2022 Gallagher Premiership title to Leicester was given the task of reversing the decline overseen by Eddie Jones.

While Jones’ management style was autocratic, England’s new head coach will encourage his most trusted lieutenant to speak his mind.

“My job is not to sit here and say ‘yes’ and nod my head. My job is to ensure that the team is in the best possible place,” said the rugby league great, who will oversee the defence.

Kevin Sinfield happy to challenge Steve Borthwick if it will help England

Eddie Jones makes stunning Australia return after England sacking

10:08 , Michael Jones

Former England boss Eddie Jones has been reappointed as head coach of his native Australia, replacing the sacked Dave Rennie, in a stunning move at the start of the Rugby World Cup year.

Jones was dismissed by England in December but has signed a five-year deal with the Wallabies and returns to the Australia helm ahead of the 2023 World Cup in France, which gets underway in September.

The 62-year-old had previously been in the role from 2001 to 2005, which included Australia finishing as runners-up to England on home soil at the 2003 World Cup, and is set to start with Rugby Australia later this month.

Jones was in charge of England for seven years, recording the highest win percentage of any England head coach during that time, but was sacked after a dismal run of results in 2022 that included six defeats and a draw in 12 matches.

Eddie Jones makes stunning Australia return after England sacking

Borthwick putting together a ‘leadership group'

10:00 , Michael Jones

Owen Farrell is expected to continue as captain having led England for all four autumn Tests during Courtney Lawes’ absence last year. In those test the team won just once, against Japan - a record that cost former coach Eddie Jones his job.

Lawes took over as England captain during the tour of Australia last summer, a decision that had left Farrell “very unhappy” as he had been named skipper for the previous four years when selected.

It is thought that Lawes, the Northampton forward, will now be part of a strong leadership group that also includes Bristol prop Ellis Genge, who Steve Borthwick had appointed as captain of Leicester last season before his move back to the south-west.

Borthwick is said to be an admirer of the trio’s no-nonsense leadership attributes and is hoping to bring a combative edge back to a side that has seemingly lost their way in recent seasons.

Farrell to be named England captain

09:52 , Michael Jones

The Telegraph is reporting that Owen Farrell is expected to be unveiled as England’s captain for the Six Nations on Monday after being cleared to play in the opening game against Scotland.

England’s new head coach, Steve Borthwick, can select Farrell after the Rugby Football Union on Saturday took the unusual step of confirming his availability for Saracens’ Premiership match against Bristol Bears on Jan 28th.

What that means is the 31-year-old’s ban for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester back-row forward Jack Clement will have been served in time for the Calcutta Cup match on February 4th at Twickenham.

Farrell is currently serving a four-match ban that could be reduced to three if he completes World Rugby’s coaching intervention programme.

The report also claims that Borthwick and his new defence coach Kevin Sinfield have left Farrell in no doubt about what is expected in terms of both discipline and tackle height for both him and the rest of the team.

Owen Farrell cleared to play in England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland

09:45 , Michael Jones

Owen Farrell is set to be available for England’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland on February 4 after the Rugby Football Union confirmed his ban for a dangerous tackle will have been deemed fully served before the tournament begins.

Farrell faced a disciplinary hearing after his shoulder made contact with the head of Jack Clement in the 75th minute of SaracensGallagher Premiership victory over Gloucester.

The four-match suspension would have prevented him from running out at Twickenham in Steve Borthwick’s first match in charge.

However, when announcing the ban, it was set to be reduced to three weeks if Farrell completed the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme.

Owen Farrell cleared to play in England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland

Farrell and Smith ‘can play together'

09:37 , Michael Jones

England’s new attack coach is sure that the misfiring Marcus Smith-Owen Farrell axis can be sparked into life by clarifying what was missing under Eddie Jones’ regime.

“There is no reason why they can’t play together.” Nick Evans said when asked about the duo being potential starters, “But you have to be very clear about what you are trying to achieve, how you are doing this, what the detail looks like. Once everyone is clear on that then you can go through with it.

“Some of the feedback was that maybe that wasn’t there, so maybe there was a bit of a crossover. It’s just about making sure that you’re very clear on roles and responsibilities.

“Sometimes the old death by detail can be a thing. The overcomplicating of things.

“As coaches, we don’t get much time with the players. We’ve got a week with them and then we’re playing Scotland in the first game, so the information needs to be really clear and direct.

“The players need to go on to the field and have a really clear understanding of ‘right, in these areas of the field I know exactly how we want to play’.”

Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell can succeed together for England, insists Nick Evans

09:30 , Michael Jones

England’s new attack coach believes the misfiring Marcus Smith-Owen Farrell creative axis can be ignited by providing the clarity that was missing under the previous regime.

Nick Evans, an influential figure in Harlequins’ all-action charge to the 2021 Gallagher Premiership title, will oversee the attack for the Six Nations as part of Steve Borthwick’s freshly assembled management team.

Under Eddie Jones, a confused England had become increasingly impotent with the failure of Smith and Farrell to gel at the heart of a malaise that contributed to the Australian’s sacking last month.

Farrell has been superb as Saracens’ fly-half so far this season while Smith, who fills the same position for Quins, made his first appearance since the autumn against Racing 92 on Sunday having recovered from an ankle injury.

Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell can succeed together for England, insists Nick Evans

Room for improvement

09:23 , Michael Jones

When Steve Borthwick was announced as the new England coach he highlighted the back three and the back row as two areas that would require some improvement.

Borthwick has reportedly held individual conversations with each of the back-row candidates in the build-up to his announcement.

“We have a lot of talent,” Borthwick said a month ago. “There are a couple of areas of the team where we have competition and the outside backs is one of them.

“I think you [also] look at the back row. If you look around the Premiership, you can all see the quality players in that position in the team.”

Nowell and May set to miss out on squad

09:15 , Michael Jones

Jack Nowell and Jonny May could both be omitted from Steve Borthwick’s first England squad with the new head coach weighing up whether to leave out the veteran wings, who have 117 caps between them.

According to The Telegraph, both players are could get dropped despite Nowell acting as one of Eddie Jones’ vice-captains as last autumn and May being second on England’s all-time list of try-scorers with 35.

Elsewhere, 35-year-old tighthead prop, Dan Cole, is set to make a comeback into the England fold with a first call-up since the 2019 World Cup final and Ben Earl, the Saracens flanker, is also poised for a return when the 36-man group will be announced on Monday morning.

Marcus Smith hands England boost ahead of Six Nations

09:08 , Michael Jones

Marcus Smith has handed England boss Steve Borthwick a timely fitness boost ahead of this season’s Six Nations.

Northampton forward Courtney Lawes will also join Harlequins fly-half Smith in returning from injury this weekend.

Smith has been sidelined since suffering an ankle issue during England’s Autumn Nations Series finale against world champions South Africa seven weeks ago.

But he returns to Quins’ starting line-up three weeks before England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland for the Heineken Champions Cup appointment with Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday.

And his comeback has arrived with fellow England fly-half Owen Farrell suspended, and another option for Borthwick in the number 10 shirt – Sale Sharks’ George Ford – still to play this season following an Achilles tendon injury suffered last summer.

Marcus Smith hands England boost ahead of Six Nations

England Six Nations squad

09:00 , Ben Burrows

New coach Steve Borthwick is selecting his 36-man group after he replaced Eddie Jones late last year.

The bombshell news overnight is that Jones has already agreed a return to international coaching with his native Australia ahead of this year’s World Cup.

The 62-year-old is returning as head coach on a four-year deal in place of the sacked Dave Rennie, having previously led the team from 2001 to 2005 and oversaw the 2003 World Cup final defeat to England.

Jones' seven-year tenure in charge of England ended in December with his sacking after a run of results in 2022 that included six defeats and a draw in 12 matches.

Jones, who will also oversee Australia's women's team the Wallaroos, will begin his new job on 29 January, with the men's World Cup starting in France in September.

He said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to come home to Australia and lead my nation to a Rugby World Cup.

"It is going to be an immense period for Australian rugby. As a proud Australian, it is a great honour to be able to come home and lead the national team during these years.

"The Wallabies squad is a really talented group of players with good depth - if we can have everyone fit and healthy going into the World Cup this year, I am confident that we can go to France and break the 24-year drought of winning the Rugby World Cup.

"I saw how gutsy the Wallaroos were in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year. It looks like there is a real spirit in that group that will drive the women's programme forward ahead of their next World Cup in 2025.

"I am really looking forward to getting back home and getting stuck in."

England Six Nations squad

08:50 , Ben Burrows

Owen Farrell is set to be available for England’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland on 4 February after the Rugby Football Union confirmed his ban for a dangerous tackle will have been deemed fully served before the tournament begins.

Farrell faced a disciplinary hearing after his shoulder made contact with the head of Jack Clement in the 75th minute of Saracens’ Gallagher Premiership victory over Gloucester.

The four-match suspension would have prevented him from running out at Twickenham in Steve Borthwick’s first match in charge.

However, when announcing the ban, it was set to be reduced to three weeks if Farrell completed the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme.

England Six Nations squad

08:38 , Ben Burrows

England’s Six Nations squad is set to be announced on Monday morning.

New coach Steve Borthwick is selecting his 36-man group after he replaced Eddie Jones late last year. The bombshell news overnight is that Jones has already agreed a return to international coaching with his native Australia ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Jonny May and Jack Nowell are tipped to be the major names missing from the group with the wingers with 117 caps between them expected to be left out with others preferred.

Meanwhile, Owen Farrell is set to be available for England’s opening game against Scotland on 4 February after the Rugby Football Union confirmed his ban for a dangerous tackle will have been deemed fully served before the tournament begins.

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