England name 25-man training squad to face Wales
Eddie Jones trims training panel ahead of next week’s Six Nations clash
Eddie Jones has not ruled Maro Itoje out of the Wales game but he is not included in the 25-man training squad. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images
Cokanasiga and Robson are still on the comeback trail from significant knee and ankle injuries so have been given game time instead of being included in a 25-man training squad that will begin preparations for the Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday week.
Eddie Jones suggested after Sunday’s rout of France that Itoje could recover in time for a bench role in the title showdown in Cardiff, but Hartley will definitely be absent and his involvement in the Championship is now looking increasingly unlikely.
Ben Te’o is present as he continues his challenge for Manu Tuilagi’s inside centre spot, but Mike Brown’s international prospects are looking bleak following his omission from the 25.
Forwards: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), N Hughes (Wasps), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), B Shields (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), B Vunipola (Saracens), B Moon (Exeter Chiefs), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).
Backs: C Ashton (Sale Sharks), E Daly (Wasps), O Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), J May (Leicester Tigers), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), B Te’o (Worcester Warriors), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).