The English do simple things, but things they have worked on a great deal in training. The commitment from the FFR to support this gifted generation of French players has been substantial, but it is being rewarded. Although the passionate desire to claim a Six Nations victory over England will be as present as ever, this time one of the many internationals moulded in the area will be playing for the other side. On 31 January, Jamie Bhatti withdrew from the squad due to injury and was replaced by Allan Dell. And after all that, it comes back to the man in the No.9 jersey. Of course, even the best coaching staff in the world is nothing without the players, and France have talent throughout the squad. In the physical contest, they have been able to dominate every opponent, winning the gain line battle and getting the upper hand in the set-piece. Loyalties when the Welsh travel to Twickenham usually fall firmly on one side or the other, but there will be some conflicted hearts and minds in west Wales on Saturday afternoon. Dupont is not big either, but in terms of pure strength, as well as endurance, he is at another level to his predecessors. Pierre Berbizier, Dimitri Yachvili and Parra have followed in the same vein, strategists capable of managing a game and pulling the strings from scrum-half. It always comes down to the nines and in Antoine Dupont, France have an all-time great. But that was in large part down to Freddie Stewards ability to challenge for high balls.

Morgan Parra, a Grand Slam champion in 2010, started at nine at Twickenham and where others were diplomatic after the loss, he spoke with honesty about Frances shortcomings. The last time the prop was ruled out through Covid, he posted a video on social media showing him eating a raw chilli pepper to test whether his taste had recovered. Luke Cowan-Dickie (20 Jun 1993/Exeter Chiefs/Hooker/2015 v France/34 (+3 for Lions)) Hard work Team bonding Prep for @Barbarian_FC is well underway @O2 | #WearTheRose

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Lewis Ludlam (8 Dec 1995/Northampton Saints/Back-row/2019 v Wales/11) replaced by Joe Launchbury (12 Apr 1991/Wasps/Lock/2012 v Fiji/70) Whatever happens, people will be personally willing him to do well.". Galthi had always admired Edwards and even copied his defensive system for France out in Japan. By submitting my information, I agree to the, Summer Tests: What We Learned From Each Team, Wallabies Sevu Kerevi "Proud Of The Way We Played", Highlights: Australia Vs. England (Third Test), Replay: Australia vs England | Jul 16 @ 9 AM, International Third Test Preview: Australia Vs. England, SANZAAR Test Previews: July Series Go Into Final Weekend, Replay: Australia vs England - 2022 2022 Australia vs England | Jul 9 @ 5 AM, Replay: Australia vs England | Jul 2 @ 9 AM.

Then when Edwards said that he needed the expertise of kicking coach Vlok Cilliers, the South African came on board. [17][18], On 7 February Andrea Zambonin joined the squad ahead of round 2. And it goes back three years. [26], On 12 March, Alun Wyn Jones was called up to the squad following recovery from injury. Dont miss a game with ourSix Nations TV coverage guide. However, Wales hit back with two tries in five minutes before the hour mark Josh Adams and Nick Tompkins scoring. Manu Tuilagi (18 May 1991/Sale Sharks/Centre/2011 v Wales/45) So when the 24-year-old makes his second successive Six Nations start for England at Twickenham on Saturday, his old school coach Iestyn Thomas will be one of several Welsh people struggling. England lost 20-17 to Scotland in their opening match of the 2022 Six Nations. Under Galthi, who joined the coaching staff initially as an assistant to prepare for the 2019 World Cup, and then as head coach after that competition, France no longer trail other nations on the strategic front, they are leading the way. A vastly changed Springbok outfit fell to Wales on South African soil for the first time in their history on Saturday in Bloemfontein. Nick Isiekwe has been called up as cover, though there is still hope Lawes could be ready for the first match against Scotland. [5], On 15 February, Manu Tuilagi joined up with the squad. "He was a livewire. Flanker Cian Prendergast was also included as an additional development player, who would participate in the training camp. Jamie George (20 Oct 1990/Saracens/Hooker/2015 v France/66 (+3 for Lions)) Another two Smith penalties gave England an 11-point cushion going into the final ten minutes but a Kieran Hardy try in the final minute, converted quickly by Dan Biggar to allow a restart, led to a nervy finish for the hosts. Along with Randall, Llandovery College counts injured Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and wing George North among its alumni. Physically, none of them were particularly imposing. In the collapse at Twickenham in 2019, he came off the bench and shone in a losing cause. - an invitation-only side featuring players from around the world - this weekend at Twickenham in London. Almost every time England put boot to ball, they found space in behind France, with five of their six tries coming from kicks. Galthi, who was not coaching at the time, had spent time with Eddie Jones in the England camp, getting a first-hand view of some of the training methods employed by the Australian. A week ago in Cardiff, a collective gasp followed Duponts fend on Josh Navidi, bumping one of the best tacklers in the competition as if he was not there. Access unlimited content by subscribing or logging in, Springbok Player Ratings v Wales - Test 2, "George you are very very lucky" - Nigel Owens discusses George Kruis' back heel conversion, Nigel Owens gives his verdict on Rees-Zammit's yellow card, Rob Kearney confident that Ireland won't make the same mistakes of 2019 World Cup, England on right track, but have tested fans' patience, says RFU boss, Andy Farrell "regarded very highly" as the RFU continue to plan for life after Eddie Jones, So how did Ireland dominate the All Blacks?

That preparation begins with the always-tantalizing showdown with the Barbarians, who the English are playing after a three-year absence, before flying to Australia for a three-match tour of the country in July. [11], On 7 February, Dave Heffernan replaced the injured Rnan Kelleher. Listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru; text commentary and highlights on BBC Sport website and app. Ben Youngs (5 Sep 1989/Leicester Tigers/Scrum-half/2010 v Scotland/117 (+2 for Lions)), Alfie Barbeary (5 Oct 2000/Wasps/Hooker or back-row/Uncapped) Courtney Lawes (23 Feb 1989/Northampton Saints/Lock/2009 v Australia/93 (+5 for Lions)) It comes from the diminutive Jacques Fouroux, known as Le Petit Caporal, who would bark and bully his giant pack of forwards around in the 1970s. In 2019, France had opened their campaign with a heart-breaking defeat to eventual champions Wales, letting a 16-0 half-time lead slip in the biggest comeback in the history of the Championship. After learning of his latest positive test, he joked: It does mean I can go back to my diet of chillis and onions. England coach Eddie Jones named an initial 36-man squad for the tournament on 18 January 2022, including six uncapped players. Charlie Ewels (29 Jun 1995/Bath/Lock/2016 v Fiji/30) Randall played for Wales at under-16 and under-18 level and would have qualified to represent the country on residency.

Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Elliot Daly, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell; Marcus Smith, Harry Randall; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes (captain), Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt. All rights reserved. At 5ft 8in and 11st 5lb, Randall is slight for an international rugby player but his size has only improved his ability to nip through the slimmest of gaps - something Wales will have to watch out for at Twickenham.

They have props and hookers who can offload and open up space and strike runners across the backline to finish when those opportunities are created. With matches scheduled this year against Australia (three times), New Zealand and South Africa to boot, much will be revealed about what Jones is made of on the touchline. I don't think there's any issue there whatsoever. Unable to progress in the Scarlets academy, with suggestions his pass was too slow and he was too small, the scrum-half made the move to Hartpury College and his English fate was sealed. Eddie Joness side led 17-10 with 15 minutes to go but then conceded a penalty try as Luke Cowan-Dickie was sin-binned for slapping the ball into touch. [citation needed] In addition, George Ford was called up to replace Owen Farrell, who was ruled out of the tournament on 26 January. [7], On 6 March, Nic Dolly, Alex Mitchell and Sam Underhill were recalled as part of a revised 36-man squad. He was, and likely still is, a fluent Welsh speaker. But Exeters utility back Jack Nowell is recalled after rediscovering form and fitness, and otherwise Jones has largely stuck with those who were picked in November. The expression Le Petit Gnral is often used in English to describe French nines, though not in French. Wales maintained possession for several minutes before a Maro Itoje turnover allowed England to kick the ball to touch and ensure the victory. It was not just that he ended Saturday night as the top tackler with 15 equalling his coachs record for tackles by a French No.9 in the Championship it is the impact of those tackles. While the pair may be bad news for Wales, the ex-London Welsh and Harlequins player and coach is glad his former student is doing so well.

England bounced back from defeat by Scotland in the first round of the Six Nations to run in five tries in a 33-0 win over Italy in Rome. England delivered an impressive performance after being reduced to 14 men after just two minutes against Ireland, but they eventually lost their fourth-round Six Nations match 32-15. Wales named a 36-man squad for the tournament on 18 January 2022. [2] Nick Isiekwe also joined the squad as injury cover for Courtney Lawes. Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Nick Isiekwe, Sam Simmonds, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Joe Marchant. [12], On 21 February, James Lowe and Jimmy O'Brien were added to the squad. Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Elliot Daly, Henry Slade, Joe Marchant; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Curry (captain), Sam Simmonds.

[24], On 21 February, Taulupe Faletau was called up to the squad after recovering from injury. Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill, Lewis Ludlam, Raffi Quirke and Manu Tuilagi were all withdrawn due to injury, while Mark Atkinson, Tommy Freeman, Tom Pearson and Adam Radwan were also released back to their clubs. Sam Simmonds (10 Nov 1994/Exeter Chiefs/No 8/2017 v Argentina/14) Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell; Marcus Smith, Harry Randall; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Charlie Ewels, Courtney Lawes (captain), Tom Curry, Sam Simmonds. Thomas will desperately want Wales to win and keep alive their hopes of back-to-back Six Nations titles, but he tells BBC Sport: "I will be really delighted for Harry to play well.".

Where for most countries, the No.10 jersey is rugbys most precious commodity, in France it has always been the man just inside them pulling the shots. George Ford, with 77 caps, was initially left out despite his role in Leicesters impressive season, before being recalled to replace the injured Owen Farrell. Usual captain Alun Wyn Jones was ruled out of the start of the tournament, so fly-half Dan Biggar was named as his replacement.

That is not to say he is not a strategist, his rugby IQ is off the charts. [9], On 18 January 2022, France coach Fabien Galthi named a 42-man squad for the 2022 Six Nations Championship. It's the 18th meeting between the two sides and 17th to come since 2000, with the match especially becoming an event of significance since the turn of the century. Replacements: Nic Dolly, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Ollie Chessum, Alex Dombrandt, Harry Randall, George Ford, Elliot Daly. Can BrewDog's CEO steer the Good Ship through the storm of controversy? No sooner had Jones been forced to weigh up who would captain the side instead and it seemed Courtney Lawes was the most likely selection than Lawes himself sustained a head injury. Your #GuinnessSixNations Player of the Match, @EnglandRugby's @MarcuSmith10 #ITAvENG, Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 13, 2022. Danny Care, a Harlequins scrum-half with 84 England caps who hadn't been selected since 2018, was a surprise pick that was reported to be due for selection by the Barbarians (per the BBC) before Jones corralled the 35-year-old in for England's summer matches. He is at another level to his contemporaries too. On 7 March, Adam Hastings, Ross Thompson and Glen Young were called up to the squad whilst Marshall Sykes, Nick Haining, Oli Kebble, Ollie Smith, Rufus McLean withdrew after due to injury.

Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell; Marcus Smith, Harry Randall; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Tom Curry (captain), Alex Dombrandt. His family remain in west Wales, where they run a roofing business. Antoine Dupont goes over to move France clear of England again #GuinnessSixNations | #FRAvENG, Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 19, 2022. Galthi is white-hot in the rugby coaching world, having led France earlier this year to its first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2010, and gets another (albeit slightly different) crack at an English team that he beat with the French 25-13 on March 19 at the Stade de France. Already have an account? How to get into rugby union - get into the social team game that brings people together. That would prove to be the last of Parras 71 Test caps, but his comments outlined deficiencies in the French set-up that have since been resolved. Raffi Quirke (18 Aug 2001/Sale Sharks/Scrum-half/2021 v Australia/2) "Next time we come here, we'll be playing for the World Cup trophy" , It may not have been England's year but Eddie Jones has seen enough to get him excited for the next @rugbyworldcup #GuinnessSixNations, Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 19, 2022. This time around, England were not going to spoil the party. [13], On 7 March, Jeremy Loughman was called up to the squad ahead of the final two rounds of the Championship. Kyle Sinckler (30 Mar 1993/Bristol Bears/Prop/2016 v South Africa/52 (+6 for Lions)) You could never pin him down. Jamie George also crossed for two first-half tries before Elliot Daly wrapped up the bonus point soon after the break. Last updated on 25 February 202225 February 2022.From the section Rugby Union. "He'll be totally focused on doing the best he can. A week later they went to Twickenham to face an England team riding high from a bonus-point success in Dublin and employing a new kicking strategy that had flummoxed Joe Schmidt and Ireland. The 2022 Guinness Six Nations champions had a scrum-half leading the side and scoring the title-clinching try and another coaching the team. Italy ended their 36-game Six Nations losing streak vs. Wales on Saturday, earning their first victory in the competition in seven years. England ended their 2022 Six Nations campaign by losing 25-13 in Paris. "He's such a lovely guy. It's a fixture steeped in history, with deep connections to the British rugby scene. Nevertheless Thomas believes that if Randall had stayed in Wales past the age of 17 "he would have ended up playing for Wales".

One of Englands 2019 World Cup finalists flanker Sam Underhill misses out, apparently on grounds of fitness, along with the Newcastle flyer Adam Radwan and prop Trevor Davison, and Leicester hooker Nic Dolly. This is where the third scrum-half enters the equation. On the day France tried to bounce back in Le Crunch, Galthi wrote a column in Lquipe explaining how Englands kicking game would try to catch France out. It came as little surprise that when Barbarians (and French national team) head coach Fabien Galthi released his squad selection Monday that it was going to be chock-full of his fellow countrymen. Here's a look ahead at what to expect for England vs. Barbarians in their first tussle on the pitch in three years: It's a crucial time for England Rugby, as the national team has a summer to show what it's capable of ahead of three massive events over the next 18 months - the Autumn Nations Series, 2023 Six Nations and 2023 Rugby World Cup. Watch how Jones utilizes uncapped 21-year-old Tommy Freeman, who scored 13 tries at fullback for Northampton this season to rank among the top five in the Premiership. He went on to play for England Under-18s and Under-20s and, before being capped for the senior side, the Bristol back left little room for doubt as he often stated in interviews that he saw himself as English. Jonny May (1 Apr 1990/Gloucester/Wing/2013 v Argentina/69) replaced by Elliot Daly (8 Oct 1992/Saracens/Wing or full-back/2016 v Ireland/62) after suffering a knee injury

Thomas saw this ability from early on, when Randall's skill meant he got special dispensation to play in the Welsh Colleges League a year younger than usual. As so often with France, the 2022 Grand Slam was a story of scrum-halves. Saying the wheels have fallen off since then wouldn't be a fair statement, but England has shown cracks in its armor since. England reach Euro 2022 semi-finals after Stanway thunderbolt beats Spain in extra time, That is my son and he is the world champion!: Commentator gets chance to call his dream race, Everton fans plan another Moshiri protest with prospective new owners still 'very interested', Pre-season hysteria is out of control, from raving over Ten Hag's tweaks to Nunez's misses, Unvaccinated Premier League players are harming their own careers as managers lose patience, Newcastle told to double Harrison offer, Sunderland in Parrott race, Liverpool's youth focus, Austria made Germany ride their luck but had no answer to their relentless attack, Spain's Paredes escapes charge despite claims of biased refereeing in England Euro 2022 defeat, Millie Bright has become a Rolls-Royce defender spearheading England through Euro 2022, How England can reach the Euro 2022 final and who they could play in the knockouts, The 10 best FPL defenders to sign for your FPL team - from Alexander-Arnold to Perisic, How England reached Euro 2022 semi-finals despite a lesson in possession from Spain, Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps), Ollie Chessum, Leicester Tigers, uncapped), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 90 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps). Wales are the defending champions. [10], On 19 January 2022, Ireland coach Andy Farrell named a 37-man squad for the tournament, including two uncapped players. 2021 Associated Newspapers Limited. So Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup after winning back-to-back matches against England for the first time since 1983-84. ahead of the much more experienced Youngs on Saturday. Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Ollie Chessum, Sam Simmonds, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Elliot Daly. Thomas never doubted this either, ordering a speed gun to prove how fast Randall's passing wasexternal-link for anyone who might question it.

England kicked 34 times at the Stade de France on Saturday and enjoyed plenty of success. Ollie Smith and Marshall Sykes.[23]. And, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, England and the Barbarians finally will get to square off again.

And he also pinpointed Englands set-piece as in urgent need of improvement in Edinburgh, after the disappointing way it finished the narrow win over the South Africans last time out. France claimed their first Grand Slam and championship title in the Six Nations since 2010 as they beat England 25-13 on Saturday. [25], On 6 March, Josh Navidi was called up to the squad with Ellis Jenkins being released back to his club. Born in Slough to English parents, Randall moved to Wales' Amman Valley aged four and took up rugby there. Jamie Blamire (22 Dec 1997/Newcastle Falcons/Hooker/2021 v USA/6) Enjoy unlimited access to your team articles, player bios, match stats and much more. However, his club teammate, fly-half Marcus Smith, was no surprise for selection, after the 23-year-old had a stellar Six Nations as the tournament's top point-scorer. [6], On 1 March, Will Goodrick-Clarke and Lewis Ludlow were included in a fallow week training squad, before returning to their clubs. Jones said of the omission of several regulars of his reign from 2016 to last years Six Nations, with 20 months to go to the next World Cup: Theyve all got areas they need to work on and theyve got to play at a level where it makes me an idiot if I dont pick them.. He said: Its a statement of fact: in training we dont work enough on high-level details. Mark Atkinson (8 Mar 1990/Gloucester/Centre/2021 v Tonga/1) Ellis Genge (16 Feb 1995/Leicester Tigers/Prop/2016 v Wales/36) Dupont is the master of the support lines, fittingly finishing the job on Saturday night with yet another, has developed into an exceptional kicker of both feet, and he has the engine to keep doing it for 80 minutes. Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. Login. [19], On 23 February Renato Giammarioli and Andrea Lovotti replace Fuser, Negri, Capuozzo, Da Re and Menoncello. Maro Itoje (28 Oct 1994/Saracens/Lock or back-row/2016 v Italy/56 (+6 for Lions)) [21], On 25 January, Sean Maitland was added to the squad after Kyle Rowe and Duhan van der Merwe were unable to report to the pre-tournament training camp due to illness.[22]. 2006-Present FloSports, Inc. All rights reserved. Will Stuart (12 Jul 1996/Bath Rugby/Prop/2020 v France/20), Sat 5 February, Scotland 20-17 England Scotland retain Calcutta Cup, Sun 13 February, Italy 0-33 England Marcus Smith stars in England win over Italy, Sat 26 February, England 23-19 Wales England hold off Wales in frantic second half, Sat 12 March, England 15-32 Ireland Ireland break 14-man England eventually, Sat 19 March, France 25-13 England France win the Grand Slam.

Replacements: Jamie Blamire, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Joe Launchbury, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Elliot Daly. The starting line-up will be confirmed on Saturday. He was always on the move. "As a coach you were just about to put your hands on your head in despair and thinking he was going to get absolutely mullered, the next thing is he's emerging out the other side making people look stupid.". The story of the three scrum-halves that delivered Frances Grand Slam, {{ getCountdownLabel('days', language) }}, {{ getCountdownLabel('hours', language) }}, {{ getCountdownLabel('mins', language) }}, {{ getCountdownLabel('secs', language) }}, {{ fixture.score.teamA }} - {{ fixture.score.teamB }}, {{ yourTime(fixture.datetime, 'HH:mm') }}, {{ moment(fixture.datetime).format('DD MMM YYYY') }}, We use cookies on our site to provide the best online experience, personalise content, and analyse our site - for further information see our. Get the most important Rugby stories delivered straight to your inbox. The squad included three uncapped players: hooker Dewi Lake, and back rowers Jac Morgan and James Ratti. The defeat means they finished third in the Six Nations table having won just two matches in this championship, against Italy and Wales.

All Jones did from there was win his first 17 matches (and 25 of his first 26), earn the 2017 World Rugby Coach of the Year award and help make England in 2016 the first national side other than New Zealand to win all of its matches in a calendar year. [1], On 24 January, Jonny May withdrew from the squad due to injury and was replaced by Elliot Daly. Eighteen members of the 24-man squad are French, and all but one plays in the French top league, Top 14, with back row Charles Ollivon already having been tabbed as captain the previous week for this iteration of the Baa-Baas. They feast at the breakdown with expert jackals from front row to back row, in the centres and on the wings. Thomas explains that "people were nervous about" Randall playing against older boys much bigger than him. [3], On 30 January, Louis Lynagh and Adam Radwan were added to the squad. "One of the proudest days I've had in an England shirt" @SixNationsRugby | #ENGvIRE, England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 12, 2022. ", Steve Coogan chats to Nihal Arthanayake about British humour and cancel culture, Stephen Fry shares his feelings about his new role as the next President of Marylebone Cricket Club. On 14 March, Fraser Brown, Murphy Walker, Scott Cummings and Jordan Edmunds were added to the squad ahead of Ireland whilst Kiran McDonald, Glen Young and Duhan van der Merwe returned to their clubs. George Furbank (17 Oct 1996/Northampton Saints/Full-back/2020 v France/6) Weve trained in worse weather #Baabaas #rugby [15], On 24 January, Ange Capuozzo was added to the squad. Parras honesty may have played a part in his omission from the team, but Duponts time had come. | TESTS 2 & 3 ANALYSIS | Summer 2022, Uruguay Vs Romania at Estadio Charra 17th Jul 2022, Argentina Vs Scotland at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades 16th Jul 2022, USA Vs Chile at Infinity Park 16th Jul 2022, South Africa Vs Wales at Cape Town Stadium 16th Jul 2022, Georgia Vs Portugal at Kutaisi Stadium 16th Jul 2022, Australia Vs England at Sydney Cricket Ground 16th Jul 2022, New Zealand Vs Ireland at Sky Stadium 16th Jul 2022, Fiji Vs Samoa at Churchill Park 16th Jul 2022. On the back of helping lead Japan to a famous upset win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and taking the country to the top 10 of the world rankings, the Australian-born Jones was hired in November 2015 to lead England as its first foreign coach. Players from Premiership Rugby's Leicester Tigers and Saracens, including captain Owen Farrell, weren't available for selection to coach Eddie Jones' 36-man squad, as those two teams will square off in this weekend's league final, but Jones nonetheless has secured a squad full of veterans, budding young stars and uncapped wildcards. France had no answer and the inquest began in earnest. Also included are rookies Bath fly-half/full-back Orlando Bailey, Leicester lock/back-rower Ollie Chessum, London Irish wing Ollie Hassell-Collins and Northamptons centre/wing Tommy Freeman the last of whom was also in the long squad for the autumn wins over Tonga, Australia and South Africa. The scrum-halves are Ben Youngs, Raffi Quirke and Harry Randall the latter having only missed likely service in the autumn due to injury. England have said the squad will be updated each week on an individual basis, with the numbers in this initial call-up aiding flexibility amid continuing Covid-19 regulations. Read about our approach to external linking. As for his speed of passing, England head coach Eddie Jones says the increased pace offered by Randall is the reason he is starting ahead of the much more experienced Youngs on Saturday. Note: Number of caps and players' ages are indicated as of 5 February 2022 the tournament's opening day. George Furbank; Freddie Steward, Joe Marchant, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes (captain), Sam Underhill, Sam Simmonds. Orlando Bailey (29 Sep 2001/Bath/Fly-half/Uncapped) That the crowning glory at the Stade de France came against England was only right. * Manu Tuilagi was originally named in the squad but has now been ruled out by injury.