Sale Sharks number eight Josh Beaumont could make his first appearance in the in the RBS Six Nations for England, after he was retained as part of the 25 man squad preparing to face Italy in Rome on Sunday.
Beaumont, son of former England captain Bill, joined up with the squad on Monday after another impressive performance for his club side at the weekend. Matt Kvesic was also called up to the squad, but was sent back to Gloucester on Tuesday evening.
Eddie Jones also made the decision to release exciting centre Elliot Daly back to his club side, as the 23-year-old still awaits his first senior England cap.
Saracens lock Maro Itoje has kept his place in the group and like Beaumont he could make his first England appearance. The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in world rugby and his sensational form for his club side has made him a name on everybody’s lips.
Beaumont has been another who has caught the eye of fans and pundits alike; his athleticism and handling ability have been a major factor in Sale’s superb season, with the 22-year-old scoring tries at crucial times.
Jones expecting fast game in round two of the Six Nations
After making a winning start under their new coach, England turn their attentions to round two of the RBS Six Nations and Jones expects a very different game to the one at Murrayfield.
Jones told Sky Sports: “We’ll pick the best 23 to play against Italy and the conditions in Italy will be different, so the squad will be slightly different.
“The conditions will be warmer, there will be a faster pitch and different referee, so I am anticipating we will be able to get our attack going a lot quicker than we did against Scotland. I’ve said it’s going to be a faster game so we could pick a faster pack.”
The decision to retain Beaumont and Itoje would certainly suggest that Jones will be looking for a more mobile pack to play against Italy.