RBS Six Nations: England v Scotland Preview
RBS SIX NATIONS: England v Scotland
- Date: Saturday 2 February
- Venue: Twickenham
The 24-year-old has been named in the 23-man matchday squad and is favourite to start with Manu Tuilagi injured and Jonathan Joseph returning to his club.
Saracens wing David Strettle has also been included, which means no place in the squad for full-back Ben Foden.
Alex Goode, Mike Brown and Chris Ashton are the likely back three starters.
Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas joins Foden in being released back to their clubs.
Thomas had been called into the squad as injury cover for Alex Corbisiero, who has had knee surgery.
Mouritz Botha, Thomas Waldrom, Lee Dickson, Ugo Monye, Billy Vunipola and Matt Kvesic are the other players released by England.
Tuilagi will remain with the squad for treatment on his ankle.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’ve had to make some tough calls with a lot of competition for places.
“The players’ attitude and application in training has been first rate and we know those going back to their clubs and playing in the LV Cup will be pushing hard for contention for the Ireland match.”
Lancaster will confirm his starting XV for England’s opening match on Thursday.
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (London Wasps), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens), David Strettle (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).