first_img Six Nations 2019: Wales gets boost from Gareth Davies’ return ahead of opener Six Nations 2019: Scotland can win this year, Stuart Hogg says Ben Te’o and Brad Shields have both been left off England’s squad for a pivotal Six Nations opener against Ireland.Coach Eddie Jones’ team visits Dublin on Saturday seeking to end Ireland’s hopes of a second successive Grand Slam in the first week of the tournament. Each of the last five Six Nations rugby titles have been won by either Ireland (3) or England (2), but whoever tastes defeat at the Aviva Stadium is likely to have an uphill climb to lift the trophy again in 2019.And Jones will be unable to call on either Worcester Warriors outside centre Te’o or Wasps lock Shields, with side strains forcing them to be omitted from the 25-man squad. Related Newscenter_img Squad in full:Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Kyle Sinckler, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson.Backs: Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (captain), George Ford, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs. Manu Tuilagi is expected to take the place of Te’o and make his first Six Nations start in almost six years.25 players retained for Saturday’s #IREvENG #GuinnessSixNations clashSee who’s in— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 29, 2019Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga is also unavailable because of a knee injury, with Harlequins back row Jack Clifford having already been ruled out after taking a knock to the head.Scrum-half Dan Robson could make his international debut after being included in the 25.”We have Brad Shields, Joe Cokanasiga and Ben Te’o who are not far away from where we want them to be, but in a game of this magnitude we need everyone to be 100 percent so they will stay with us and continue to rehab,” scrum coach Neal Hatley said. “The plan is to have them all fit for France.”Ben suffered a small side strain in training, he is doing his rehab, is not far away, but as I say everyone needs to be fully fit.”We have had people running in different positions so we are pretty good at that and we make sure we comprehensively cover all the different permutations of what could happen so it’s not like Ben is the only person who has run at 12 for us.”last_img

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