Saints players retained in England squad ahead of Six Nations trip to Scotland

Saints quintet Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, George Furbank, Fraser Dingwall and Alex moon have all been retained in the 34-man England training squad to prepare for Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:28 am
George Furbank made his England debut in Sunday's defeat to France in Paris

Lawes and Furbank both started in last Sunday's surprise 24-17 defeat against France in Paris, with Furbank enduring a difficult debut.

Ludlam came off the bench in the second half, while Dingwall and Moon weren't involved, but all five stay with the squad ahead of Saturday's trip to Murrayfield.

Manu Tuilagi has also been retained despite limping off with a groin problem just 16 minutes into the defeat by France.

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Sunday's Six Nations clash with France was a difficult day for Saints pair Lewis Ludlam and George Furbank

England are set to provide a squad update on Tuesday at lunchtime, with Eddie Jones naming his starting XV for the big match in Eduinburgh 48 hours later.

Jones has retained the same players taken to Portugal for the pre-Six Nations camp, despite presiding over one of the worst performances of his four-year tenure at the Stade de France on Sunday.

No specialist number eight has been summoned to the squad's Surrey training base even though Tom Curry failed to make an impact in the position.

Billy Vunipola has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations by a broken arm so Curry deputised against France only to struggle in his new home in the back row.

England training squad - Forwards: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), T Dunn (Bath Rugby), B Earl (Saracens), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), T Hill (Worcester Warriors), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), A Moon (Northampton Saints), K Sinckler (Harlequins), W Stuart (Bath Rugby), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

Backs: E Daly (Saracens), O Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), F Dingwall (Northampton Saints), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), G Furbank (Northampton Saints), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J May (Leicester Tigers), O Thorley (Gloucester Rugby), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), J Umaga (Wasps), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).