Wilson in England squad for Portugal camp

Thursday 17 January 2019

Newcastle Falcons back-rower Mark Wilson has been named in England's 35-man training squad for their Guinness Six Nations opener away to Ireland on February 2.

Wilson, who this month signed a four-year contract extension to remain with the Falcons, was voted England's Man of the Series after starting all four of their November tests.

The squad will travel to Portugal on Wednesday January 23 to begin their preparations. A squad of 25 players will then depart for Dublin on Thursday January 31.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We are very happy with the squad and have a number of players who have come back from long-term injury. We are looking forward to getting across to Portugal and having a good ten-day preparation for the Ireland game.”

Jones added on England’s priorities while in Portugal: “The first thing when we get together as a squad is to get our cohesion back.

"The players have been playing for their clubs with different styles and different playing philosophies, so it’s about getting them thinking about playing the England way. The second thing is to get our togetherness stronger to work as hard as we can to make sure we are well connected on and off the field so Portugal is an important camp for us.”

On England’s first opponents in the tournament, he said: “Ireland is the best side in the world. They are a very well coached and drilled side and have particular things they do well in the game. To beat Ireland, we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.”

England squad for Ireland test

Forwards

Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)

Ben Earl (Saracens)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)

Jamie George (Saracens)

Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)

Brad Shields (Wasps)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs

Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)

Elliot Daly (Wasps)

Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)

Owen Farrell (Saracens) captain

George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Dan Robson (Wasps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)

Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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