Rugby-Willis, Watson back in the England frame to face Wales

25 Nov 2020 / 00:45 H.

    By Mitch Phillips

    LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Flanker Jack Willis, winger Anthony Watson and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie have been included in Eddie Jones's extended 25-man squad to face Wales in the Nations Cup on Saturday, but centre Ollie Lawrence will miss the game with a hip injury.

    Willis made a tryscoring debut against Georgia two weeks ago but was left our of last weekend's win over Ireland. He is among a strong group of backrow options for Jones alongside Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola and Ben Earl - one of whom is likely to miss out when he names his match 23 on Thursday.

    First-choice wing Watson is back for the first time after picking up an injury in the final Six Nations game against Italy last month, while Cowan-Dickie has recovered from knee surgery and is fit for a probable place on the bench, with Jamie George starting.

    A win or draw for England in Llanelli will put them top of Group A in the new competition and set up a title decider, probably against France, at Twickenham on Dec. 6 - when, subject to Thursday's government tier announcement, there could be 4,000 fans to watch the game.

    England provisional squad to face Wales:


    Elliot Daly (Saracens, 45 caps)

    Owen Farrell (Saracens, 86 caps)

    George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 70 caps)

    Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 53 caps)

    Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)

    Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 59 caps)

    Dan Robson (Wasps, 5 caps)

    Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps)

    Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 44 caps)

    Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 102 caps)


    Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 24 caps)

    Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 26 caps)

    Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)

    Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 21 caps)

    Jamie George (Saracens, 52 caps)

    Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps)

    Maro Itoje (Saracens, 41 caps)

    Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 67 caps)

    Joe Marler (Harlequins, 71 caps)

    Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 38 caps)

    Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 6 caps)

    Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)

    Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 54 caps)

    Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 62 caps)

    Jack Willis (Wasps, 1 cap) (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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