There are no major surprises in Eddie Jones 34 man squad for the 6 Nations that was announced this morning.
There are three uncapped players included – Nathan Catt, Mike Williams and Alex Lozowski as well as Ellis Genge.
The injured group – James Haskell, Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell all make a welcome return. All except Haskell have had some decent game time since they came back too.
Obviously Eddie will be without the influential trio of the Vunipolas’ and Chris Robshaw.
The more interesting position will be when Eddie cuts it down to 23 for the first game against the resurgent French team.
The full squad is –
Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
The squad is relatively predictable – and arguably, conservative for Mr Jones – but then it’s hard to argue with his record isn’t it?