England have been given a welcome injury boost ahead of their opening Six Nations clash with Italy after key players Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell returned to the fold this week.
Head coach, Eddie Jones, was delighted to see the three players training ahead of schedule as he continues to step up his side’s preparations for the trip to Rome on February 4th.
‘Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week’s recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to fill training today’, Jones stated.
‘All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23.’
Former England Captain, Robshaw had been temporarily sidelined with a back complaint whilst full-back Brown has been nursing an eye injury.
Meanwhile, Nowell has made a shock recovery from an ankle problem, which had initially threatened to rule him out for the next few weeks at the very least. Now in line to face the Azzurri, the 24-year-old could play in the centre for Eddie Jones’ men.
‘Jack Nowell has made a miraculous recovery from injury, and he will be fit to be in contention for selection,’ said Jones.
England boast a faultless record against Italy, and Head Coach Jones is adamant that his side begin their title defence in dominant fashion. They overcame their opponents comfortably in the reverse fixture at Twickenham last year, coming out 36-15 winners with tries from Dan Cole, Elliot Daly and Ben Te’o among others.
‘The way Italy are talking, they are full of confidence, and we are looking forward to playing our strongest team against them,’ Jones stated.
The game should certainly make for an exciting spectacle and fans will be keen to see their reigning champions kick off their campaign in convincing style. With fixtures against Wales and Ireland to look forward to at Twickenham, there will certainly be much for England fans to relish.
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(Quotes taken from BBC)