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Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam have been named in England's squad ahead of the Guinness Six Nations.
Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam have been named in England's squad ahead of the Guinness Six Nations.
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Freeman, Furbank, Lawes & Ludlam in England squad for Six Nations training camp

England head coach Eddie Jones has named four Northampton Saints in his England squad ahead of the Guinness Six Nations campaign starting next month – with Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam all included in the 36-player group which will begin preparations for the tournament.

Fresh from making his 250th Saints appearance in Northampton’s clash with Ulster on Sunday, back row Lawes embarks on his 11th Six Nations campaign hoping to add to his 90 England caps so far.

The 32-year-old will be joined by back row Ludlam and fullback Furbank, who have ten and five England caps respectively to date, as the squad convenes in Brighton on Monday (24 January) for a five-day training camp – with uncapped fullback Freeman also set for his second experience within the England group after joining the side back in the Autumn.

“Selecting this squad has been a difficult task, we’ve got plenty of good young players coming through and some of our more experienced are rediscovering their best form,” said Jones.

“We think this 36 for the first training week reflects a good balance of that experience and up-and-coming talent. In Brighton we’ll focus on getting the fundamentals of our game in play right and developing the cohesion of the team.

“The Six Nations is going to be the most competitive we’ve ever seen. All the countries performed well in the autumn, so we need to be at our best and improve with every game.”

England squad for Guinness Six Nations training camp

FORWARDS
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 36 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 4 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 61 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 51 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 90 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 74 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 47 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)

BACKS
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 94 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
Max Malins (Saracens, 10 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 7 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Luke Northmore (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 43 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 5 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 112 caps)

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