Six Nations: England squad the strongest I’ve had – Eddie Jones

I’m drained of being injured – Billy Vunipola
Six Worldwide locations 2019: Ireland v England
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: sixteen:forty five BST
Coverage: Continue to exist BBC Radio 5 are residing, highlights on BBC

England boss Eddie Jones believes the squad for the Six Worldwide locations opener against Ireland is the strongest he has picked in his time to blame.

The Vunipola brothers and Joe Launchbury are amongst those to approach again after missing the November Assessments.

Whereas the likes Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw are unavailable, the England coach is buoyed by a lack of accidents.

“We bear repeatedly had exact squads nonetheless here’s potentially our strongest squad,” Jones told BBC Sport.

“We were lucky that now we bear a resolution of our senior players again.

“Having guys treasure Billy and Mako and Joe Launchbury and Ellis Genge again within the forwards provides to the firepower.”

New faces bear potential for Take a look at rugby

Earl, Singleton, Robson and Thorley are the uncapped players in Jones’ picks

Whereas Jones has resisted the poke to widely experiment with the World Cup looming, the Australian has named four uncapped players within the 35-man team, within the form of forwards Jack Singleton and Ben Earl and backs Dan Robson and Ollie Thorley.

“All of them bear the doubtless to play Take a look at rugby,” Jones added.

“Singleton and Earl now we bear had within the squad previously, Thorley is a young guy who has approach out of the clouds. He is a astronomical, solid guy, he is dauntless, runs laborious and has exact tempo and exact evasion abilities.”

Robson has been given the nod over England’s most capped scrum-half of Danny Care, with the Wasps half of-again space to create his debut in Dublin.

“Robson is somebody now we were taking a survey at for a whereas,” Jones mentioned.

“He is a will-of-the-wisp kind half of-again. He is competing in an instant with Danny Be pleased a local within the aspect.

“Danny exact must be at his simplest. It be as much as him to be at his simplest, and if he is quiet at his simplest, we know he is a exact player and he’ll salvage himself again within the group.”

Farrell to resume sole leadership

Farrell shakes fingers with Australia captain Michael Hooper sooner than November’s preserve over the Wallabies

Hooker Hartley is made up our minds to be dominated out for England’s first two Six Worldwide locations fits on the very least with his knee discipline, which map Owen Farrell has one other opportunity to cement his captaincy credentials.

Farrell led England on the June tour of South Africa final 365 days, sooner than sharing the responsibilities with Hartley in November.

“It be exact a selected leadership discipline for us. We had been very glad with co-captains all the map via November, and now Owen has an opportunity to perform it by himself,” Jones outlined.

On the different hand, whereas Farrell’s impact on the England group most productive continues to grow, Jones insists Hartley will “a hundred%” return to the fold when accessible, as will flanker and extinct captain Robshaw.

Mike Brown, meanwhile, has additionally retained his space within the squad no matter not that contains within the autumn, with Jones calling the Harlequins man “mute basically the most appealing defensive rotund-again in England” who might well per chance per chance “a hundred%” originate for England as soon as more.

England’s Six Worldwide locations fixtures
Saturday, 2 Februaryv Ireland (a)
Sunday, 10 Februaryv France (h)
Saturday, 23 Februaryv Wales (a)
Saturday, 9 Marchv Italy (h)
Saturday, sixteen Marchv Scotland (h)

After winning the Six Worldwide locations in 2016 and 2017, England performed a chastening fifth within the event final 365 days. On the different hand, Jones is confident they’re in a greater space this time spherical.

“We are in a extremely particular discipline with exact players coming again,” he mentioned.

“But whereas they’re again match and having fun with they must make certain that they approach as much as the grade, because the aspect has moved on.

“They bear their foot within the door, now they must make certain that they drag via it.”

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