Tuilagi left out of England training camp
SQUAD UPDATE: Manu Tuilagi was missing Wednesday from an England training squad selected for this week’s three-day training camp in Bristol ahead of their next Six Nations match against Ireland.
Tuilagi is recovering from a hamstring strain that saw him miss England’s 23-19 win over Wales at Twickenham last weekend.
England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has also been left out as he waits to find out the extent of a knee injury he suffered against the Welsh.
Loose forward forward Tom Curry is undergoing concussion protocols after a head injury last weekend, with Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow called up as cover.
Jonny Hill, like Tuilagi yet to feature in this Six Nations, continues his rehabilitation from an ankle stress fracture in the England camp.
Uncapped London Irish prop Will Goodrick-Clarke has been included, but experienced backs Elliot Daly and George Ford are omitted from the 25-man squad who will begin England’s preparations for the fourth-round match at home to Ireland on March 12.
England coach Eddie Jones has opted to keep Marcus Smith as the only specialist flyhalf in the camp, so Ford will be available to play for Leicester in their Premiership match against Saracens on Saturday.
England and Ireland have each won two of their opening three games in this season’s Six Nations and, with unbeaten leaders France bidding for a Grand Slam, both teams will likely need a win at Twickenham to maintain their title hopes.
ENGLAND TRAINING WEEK SQUAD
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped), Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 7 caps), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 29 caps), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 64 caps), Will Goodrick-Clarke (London Irish, uncapped), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 54 caps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 6 caps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 91 caps), Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 50 caps), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 18 caps).
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped), Max Malins (Saracens, 13 caps), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 10 caps), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps), Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 4 caps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 46 caps), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 8 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 115 caps).