England ring changes for Six Nations
ESPN Staff
January 9, 2014
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England have turned to youth in the squad named for the forthcoming Six Nations.

Lancaster has named a 35-man squad for the Championship and has had to cope with a host of injuries. With Tom Croft, Manu Tuilagi, Alex Corbisiero, Geoff Parling, Christian Wade, Ben Foden and Marland Yarde all out injured, Lancaster has used the chance to blood some youth with five uncapped players named in the squad.

Exeter's Jack Nowell, Bath's Anthony Watson and George Ford, Northampton's Luther Burrell and Leicester's Ed Slater have all been called up while Gloucester's Jonny May and Sale's Henry Thomas, who both won caps in the summer on tour in Argentina, are also named. Stephen Myler, Rob Webber and Henry Thomas will also train with the squad.

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The Elite Player Squad stays largely the same but Toby Flood has been omitted as he is expected to join Toulouse in the summer. Ford takes his place.

Lancaster said: "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 to progress."

Freddie Burns is not included in the training squad for the Six Nations but will have his chance to stake a claim for a spot in the squad when he plays for the Saxons against the Ireland Wolfhounds on January 25.

"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," Lancaster added. "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 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm on January 25, while Rob Webber and Richard Wigglesworth will give us some depth to our training."

In the Saxons, Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Mullan (London Wasps), Will Collier (Harlequins), Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), Henry 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.

Six Nations Training Squad:


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)


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)

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