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Watson, Hill and Genge in squad to face Italy

Eddie Jones has called up Anthony Watson and Paul Hill to a 25-man training squad ahead of England’s clash with Italy on February 26.

There is no room for props Mako Vunipola and Matt Mullan who will likely get Premiership game-time this weekend but Ellis Genge has been included by Jones.

Watson strained his hamstring in a training camp before the Six Nations began but Jones has hinted that he will play the winger against Italy.

Northampton tighthead Hill was not included in England’s initial 35-man Six Nations squad but Jones has decided that he wants to take a look at him ahead of the Italy match.

England squad:

Forwards (14)

Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins) , Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton).

Backs (11)

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester).

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