Mixed news for Saints in England shake-up

Paul Hill has been named in England's Six Nations squad (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Paul Hill has been named in England's Six Nations squad (picture: Sharon Lucey)

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Saints prop Paul Hill’s rapid rise to prominence has been capped with an England call-up.

The 20-year-old, who moved to Northampton from Yorkshire Carnegie during the summer, has been included in Eddie Jones’ first squad since taking over the national team.

Hill has started the past three games for Saints, with his previous 10 appearances coming from the bench.

He was a Junior World Championship winner with England in 2014 and will now take the step up to the senior side.

Hill’s fellow Saints tighthead Kieran Brookes, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, is also included.

Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes complete the Northampton representation, but there is no place in the squad for either Tom Wood or Luther Burrell.

Tom Wood was left out of England's Six Nations squad

Tom Wood was left out of England's Six Nations squad

That means, injury permitting, Saints will be able to call on a strong squad during the Six Nations, boosting their bid for a top-four spot in the Aviva Premiership.

They will face key games at Harlequins, who have six players in the England squad, and Saracens, who have eight, during the tournament.

England squad

Forwards: Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby - injury replacement for Dave Ewers, Exeter Chiefs), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby - injury replacement for Kieran Brookes, Saints), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby - injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi, Leicester Tigers), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs - injury replacement for Henry Slade, Exeter Chiefs), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)