England Six Nations squad: Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell dropped by Steve Borthwick

England Six Nations squad: Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell dropped by Steve Borthwick

England Six Nations squad: Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell dropped by Steve Borthwick

From left to right: Billy Vunipola, Jonny May and Jack Nowell
Billy Vunipola (left), Jonny May (centre) and Jack Nowell (right) played 180 Tests between them for England
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Number eight Billy Vunipola has been left out of new head coach Steve Borthwick’s 36-man England squad for the Six Nations.

Other high-profile omissions include experienced wingers Jonny May and Jack Nowell.

Meanwhile, Borthwick has recalled 95-cap veteran prop Dan Cole, 35, who last played for England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

Northampton fly-half Fin Smith is one of five uncapped players in the squad.

London Irish wing Ollie Hassell-Collins, Gloucester hooker George McGuigan and Harlequin pair Cadan Murley and Jack Walker are the other four new selections.

“They are an exciting team, with a mix of Six Nations experience and young talent, and include players who are in excellent Premiership form,” Borthwick said.

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England Six Nations squad

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, George McGuigan, Bevan Rodd, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler , Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.

Back : Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Dan Kelly, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Alex Mitchell, Cadan Murley, Henry Slade, Fin Smith, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet, Ben Youngs .

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Borthwick, appointed on December 19 after Eddie Jones was sacked after a run of five wins from 12 Tests in 2022, added: “We all look 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 come back to Twickenham and give our fans a performance they can be proud of.

“The hard work for the game against Scotland starts now.”

Borthwick has confirmed Owen Farrell will captain England for the tournament, with Ellis Genge and Courtney Lawes, who returns to the squad after injury, appointed vice-captains.

The former Leicester head coach also says he was told unequivocally by the RFU legal department that Farrell would be available for the opener against Scotland, despite the controversy over the terms of his suspension after being cited for making contact with Gloucester striker Jack Clement’s header.

Forwards Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt and Nick Isiekwe all return to the English fold, as do full-backs Elliot Daly, Dan Kelly, Max Malins and Joe Marchant.

England start their campaign with a trip to Murrayfield on February 4, before facing Italy at Twickenham on February 12.

A trip to Wales will follow on February 25, before a home game against 2022 champions France on March 11. They then end with a trip to Dublin to face Ireland on March 18.

The Six Nations precede the World Cup, which begins in France on September 8.

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