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Steve Borthwick names first England squad ahead of the 2023 Six Nations

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England Men’s head coach Steve Borthwick has named his first England squad ahead of the 2023 Six Nations.

The 36-player squad will meet at Pennyhill Park next week for a Guinness Six Nations training camp.

Owen Farrell has been named captain, with Courtney Lawes and Ellis Genge both named as vice captains.

There is a first call up for Northampton Saints’ Fin Smith. The fly half is joined by four other uncapped players – Ollie Hassell-Collins, George McGuigan, Cadan Murley and Jack Walker.

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

“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,” said Borthwick.

“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.”

Forwards
Ollie Chessum

Dan Cole

Ben Curry

Alex Dombrandt

Ben Earl

Ellis Genge (VC)

Jamie George

Joe Heyes

Jonny Hill

Nick Isiekwe

Maro Itoje

Courtney Lawes (VC)

Lewis Ludlam

George McGuigan (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)

Bevan Rodd

Sam Simmonds

Kyle Sinckler

Mako Vunipola

Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)

Jack Willis

Backs
Elliot Daly

Owen Farrell (C)

Tommy Freeman

Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)

Dan Kelly

Max Malins

Joe Marchant

Alex Mitchell

Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped)

Henry Slade

Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

Marcus Smith

Freddie Steward

Manu Tuilagi

Jack van Poortvliet

Ben Youngs

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