Steve Borthwick

England Six Nations Squad revealed

Ahead of the Six Nations is set to finally returning in February 2024, England Head Coach announced his squad for the tournament on Wednesday.

The hotly anticipated 2024 Guinness Six Nations is set to finally get underway on Friday 2nd February 2024. England are 7 time winners of this competition, having lifted the highly coveted trophy in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2020. Steve Borthwick will look to do better than his team did in 2023, when they finished in fourth place with 10 points.

The first game of the 2024 edition of this tournament will see France take on reigning Six Nations Champions Ireland at the Orange Velodrome. The game gets underway at 20:00.

England will open their latest Six Nations campaign with a game against Gonzalo Quesada’s Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday 3rd February – the game gets underway at 14:15. The rest of England’s fixtures are below:

England have been on the right side of several memorable moments in this tournament over the years. One of these came in 2003, where they would go on to lift the trophy. England, thanks to the efforts of the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson, led Clive Woodward’s side to what was an emphatic and ruthless 42 – 6 victory against Ireland at Landsdowne Road.

What made this victory even more incredible was the fact that Ireland were coming into this blockbuster contest off the back of four wins from their last four games.

Another very memorable moment for England in the Six Nations came in the 2019 edition of this prestigious tournament. It came in a match against rivals Scotland, and England raced into what looked like an unassailable 31 – 0 lead after just 35 minutes.

This came thanks to tries from Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury and Jonny May, and this was together with excellent kicking from Owen Farrell. England had a 31 – 7 lead at the break.

However, Darcey Graham and Magnus Bradbury scored to halve England’s advantage with more than an hour of a heated and competitive contest remaining. Graham then scored another try before Fin Russell found an equaliser after making an interception from an Owen Farrell pass.

Scotland then took what was a miraculous lead when Sam Johnson went on an incredible solo run and scored. Then, in the dying embers of the contest, Scotland looked like they would win before George Ford memorably equalised for England in the last seconds of this Calcutta Cup game at the 2019 Six Nations.

Now, in 2024, England are looking to create further memorable moments in this year’s Six Nations tournament with the team having ambitions of winning the title. On Wednesday morning, Head Coach Steve Borthwick announced his 36 man squad for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations.

The squad selected by Borthwick is as follows:

Forwards: Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 18 Caps), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 107 Caps), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 3 Caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Sale Sharks, 41 Caps), Chandler Cunningham-Smith (Harlequins, Uncapped), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, 5 Caps), Theo Dan (Saracens, 7 Caps), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 15 Caps), Ben Earl (Saracens, 25 Caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 58 Caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 85 Caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 Caps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 11 Caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 76 Caps), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 88 Caps), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 3 Caps), Tom Pearson (Northampton Saints, 1 Cap), Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, Uncapped), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 33 Caps) and Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 30 Caps).

Backs: Oscar Beard (Harlequins, Uncapped), Danny Care (Harlequins, 96 Caps), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, Uncapped), Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped), George Ford (Sale Sharks, 91 Caps), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 Caps), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 Caps), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), 21 Caps), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 11 Caps), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks, Uncapped), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 57 Caps), Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, Uncapped), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 30 Caps), Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 4 Caps) and Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 31 Caps).

Jamie George has been named captain – the 135th player to do so for England. Steve Borthwick had the following to say (via official England Rugby Website):

“When I asked Jamie to be captain for this forthcoming series, I could sense his excitement and pride at being asked to lead his country. I am delighted that he has accepted the role.

“Jamie has been a respected leader in this group for a number of years now. With 85 England caps to his name, he is a quietly influential character who has an excellent tactical understanding and who sets high standards whilst building strong relationships with the people around him. This, together with his previous experiences of captaining Saracens and The British & Irish Lions, leave him well-placed to lead the team.”

On his 2024 Guinness Six Nations Squad selection as a whole, Head Coach Borthwick said this (via Official England Rugby Website):

“Building on the foundations of what the England Team achieved in the Rugby World Cup, I have selected a squad that provides strong continuity and experience, whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to develop the talent of a number of new and less experienced players,” said Borthwick.

“I would particularly like to congratulate the new faces who have their first chance in an England squad, and very much look forward to seeing how that young talent can play an important part in ensuring that England continue to develop our game and move forward.

“The Six Nations is a tremendously entertaining and hugely competitive competition. This year will be no different, and as we prepare for the challenge which awaits us against Italy in Rome, this squad will come together next week for a training camp in Girona.”

Excitement and anticipation is building ahead of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, which gets underway on Friday, 2nd February 2024.

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