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Tom Johnson and Jack Nowell named in England Six Nations squad

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

Four Exeter Chiefs players named in England senior and Saxons squads

Exeter Chiefs' Jack Nowell was a Junior World Championships winner with England Under-20s

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has selected Exeter Chiefs' Tom Johnson and Jack Nowell in his 35-man Six Nations squad.

Johnson, Nowell and Chiefs team-mates Henry Slade and Dave Ewers have all been selected in the Saxons elite player squad with Joel Conlon and Stuart Townsend picked for the Under-20s.

Lancaster has made one change to his senior England elite player squad. George Ford (Bath Rugby) replaces Leicester Tigers’ Toby Flood in the mid-season squad revision under the Rugby Football Union’s agreement with Premiership Rugby Ltd.

Ford’s promotion is accompanied by call-ups for eight other England Saxons who will, pending fitness following Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup Rounds 5 and 6, join the RBS 6 Nations training squad at Pennyhill Park on Monday, January 20 as injury replacements for players who will remain in the Senior EPS.

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) replace Manusamoa Tuilagi (chest), Tom Croft (knee), Marland Yarde (hip), Alex Corbisiero (knee), Christian Wade (foot), Geoff Parling (shoulders), David Wilson (calf) and Ben Foden (knee) respectively.

In addition, Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby) and Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), will train with the Senior squad.

Lancaster said: “I am delighted for George (Ford) who is rewarded for his form for Bath and we are excited about including him in the Senior Elite Player Squad.

“We have kept changes to a minimum because we believe that this squad can take us forward into 2015 and we are hopeful that some of those injured may be available before the end of the Six Nations and certainly for the New Zealand tour.

“I have met Toby Flood several times and told him I really wanted him to stay at Leicester and play for England. He has made a lifestyle choice and we respect that but given the RFU’s policy of not selecting players based overseas save for exceptional circumstances it was important that we allow others such as George Ford and Henry Slade, who has come into the Saxons, to progress.

“Stephen Myler has a chance to lay down a marker when he trains with us while we have decided that Freddie Burns should get more international game time with the Saxons against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm on January 25, while Rob Webber and Richard Wigglesworth will give us some depth to our training.”

Other changes to the England Saxons EPS see Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Mullan (London Wasps), Will Collier (Harlequins), Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints), Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby) and Watson replace Kearnan Myall (London Wasps), Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby), Paul Doran Jones (Harlequins), Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Ford, David Strettle (Saracens) and Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby) respectively.

A list of senior England players coming into camp for the RBS 6 Nations and the Saxons squad for the games against O2 Ireland Wolfhounds and against Scotland A in Scoutstoun, Glasgow on January 31 will be issued at 11am on Friday, January 17.

The England Under-20s squad for the Six Nations shows four changes with Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby), Tom Collins (Northampton), Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues) and Max Stelling (Worcester Warriors) replacing Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks), Watson, George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers) and Jordan Burns (Harlequins) respectively from the one announced in September 2013.

ENGLAND SENIOR EPS (33)

Forwards (17)

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)

Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)

Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)

Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (16)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)

Brad Barritt (Saracens)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Alex Goode (Saracens)

Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Christian Wade (London Wasps)

Marland Yarde (London Irish)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

ENGLAND RBS 6 NATIONS SQUAD (35, assembling at Pennyhill Park Hotel on Monday, January 20)

Forwards (18)

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)

Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)

Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)

Matt Mullan (London Wasps)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (17)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)

Brad Barritt (Saracens)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Alex Goode (Saracens)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)

Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

ENGLAND SAXONS EPS (32)

Forwards (17)

Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)

Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)

Will Collier (Harlequins)

Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints)

Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

Will Fraser (Saracens)

James Haskell (London Wasps)

Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)

Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Matt Mullan (London Wasps)

David Paice (London Irish)

George Robson (Harlequins)

Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)

Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)

Luke Wallace (Harlequins)

Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)

Backs (15)

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)

Elliot Daly (London Wasps)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)

Ugo Monye (Harlequins)

Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Joe Simpson (London Wasps)

Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers)

Joel Tomkins (Saracens)

Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

ENGLAND UNDER-20s ELITE PLAYER SQUAD (32)

Forwards (17)

James Chisholm (Harlequins)

Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)

Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)

Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)

Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)

Jonny Hill (Gloucester Rugby)

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)

Maro Itoje (Saracens)

Gus Jones (London Wasps)

Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby)

Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)

Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)

Will Owen (Leicester Tigers)

Harry Rudkin (Leicester Tigers)

Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)

Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)

Backs (15)

Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)

Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)

Tom Collins (Northampton Saints)

Nathan Earle (Saracens)

Louis Grimoldby (Harlequins)

Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)

Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)

Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)

Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)

Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)

Harry Sloan (Harlequins)

Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)

Max Stelling (Worcester Warriors)

Nick Tompkins (Saracens)

Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs)

England RBS 6 Nations fixtures (UK time)

Saturday, February 1: France v England, Stade de France (5pm, live on BBC Sport)

Saturday, February 8: Scotland v England, Murrayfield (5pm, live on BBC Sport)

Saturday, February 22: England v Ireland, Twickenham (4pm, live on BBC Sport)

Sunday, March 9: England v Wales, Twickenham (3pm, live on BBC Sport)

Saturday, March 15: England v Italy, Stadio Olimpico (12.30pm, live on BBC)

England Saxons fixtures

Saturday, January 25: England Saxons v O2 Ireland Wolfhounds, Kingsholm, Gloucester (5pm, live on Sky Sports)

Friday, January 31: Scotland A v England Saxons, Scotstoun, Glasgow (7.30pm)

England Under-20s Six Nations fixtures

Friday, January 31: France Under-20s v England Under-20, Stade Leo Lagrange, Paris (7.55pm)

Friday, February 7: Scotland Under-20s v England Under-20s, Netherdale, Galashiels (7.30pm)

Saturday, February 22: England Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton (6.15pm, live on Sky Sports)

Friday March 7: England Under-20s v Wales Under-20s, Kingston Park, Newcastle (7.45pm, live on Sky Sports)

Friday March 14: Italy Under-20s v England Under-20s, Campo Comunale La Colombera, Brescia (kick off, tbc)

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