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England boss Eddie Jones does not name Mako Vunipola cover in 25-man squad for Six Nations camp


England boss Eddie Jones decides against bringing in cover for injured Mako Vunipola in 25-man squad for Six Nations training camp

  • Mako Vunipola has been sidelined for 10 week with an ankle ligament injury
  • Vunipola sustained the injury in Sunday’s stunning 44-8 victory over France
  • Eddie Jones has gathered the England squad for a three-day training camp

Will Kelleher For Mailonline

England have not called up any extra props to cope with the loss of Mako Vunipola ahead of the Wales match as Ellis Genge and Ben Moon were retained for a training camp.

Eddie Jones gathers 25 players in London on Wednesday for a three-day camp, with the rest released to play for their Gallagher Premiership clubs this weekend.

Alec Hepburn might have been the next loosehead prop to be called up in the absence of the supreme Vunipola, who was ruled out for 10 weeks with an ankle ligament injury on Tuesday, but the Exeter Chief will stay in Devon.

Eddie Jones has not called up an extra prop to cope with the loss of Mako Vunipola

Vunipola is out for 10 weeks with an ankle ligament injury sustained against France

Injured Maro Itoje and Dylan Hartley will continue their rehab with England, but are not expected to take a full part in training yet.

As reported by Sportsmail, Dan Robson and Joe Cokanasiga will play for Wasps and Bath respectively this weekend.

Dan Cole, Jack Clifford, Mike Brown, Ben Earl, Nick Isiekwe, Jack Singleton, Ben Earl and Ollie Thorley were also all made available for their clubs.

Robson made his England Test debut off the bench in the 44-8 win over France last Sunday, and is one of only two scrum-halves in the squad alongside Ben Youngs. But Jones has let him return to Wasps.

England have made an outstanding start in the Six Nations, defeating Ireland and France

This weekend in the Premiership Bristol host Wasps and Gloucester play Exeter on Friday night, then on Saturday Northampton face Sale, Bath play Newcastle, Harlequins host Worcester and Saracens welcome Leicester.

There will be a smattering of Test stars across those fixtures.

ENGLAND’S 25 MAN SQUAD

Forwards

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)

Jamie George (Saracens)

Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Brad Shields (Wasps)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks)

Elliot Daly (Wasps)

Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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