Six Wasps in England's 6 Nations squad

Eddie Jones has included six Wasps in his England squad ahead of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.

James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Joe Launchbury, Matt Mullan, Tommy Taylor and Elliot Daly are all included in the 34-man squad , which will train in Portugal between 22 – 27 January before assembling at Pennyhill Park to prepare for their opening match against France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 4 February (kick-off 4.50pm, live on ITV).

England Head Coach Jones said: “This time last year I said that the long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby. Obviously I’ve been pleased with how the team’s progressing, but there’s still plenty to improve on. We always want to get better, every training session, every game.

“I’ve been impressed with the three uncapped players named in the squad. They’re all guys who have great physical capabilities and they all have a desire to improve. With a number of injuries to some key players it’s a great opportunity for them.

“It’s good to welcome back a number of players who weren’t with us during the autumn. Maro Itoje has done well for his club as has Jack Nowell. James Haskell was magnificent for England last year and is a fierce player. Anthony Watson has been a fine player for England and is one the most prolific try scorers for the number of Tests he has played. We are looking forward to those guys coming in and challenging for a spot and adding strength.

“At the start of last year’s Six Nations I probably didn’t realise the enormity of the tournament and how intense the rivalry is between the countries, so this year we’ll be better prepared for it and we are looking forward to being daring in our game against France on 4 February.

England Senior 34–man squad for RBS 6 Nations 

Forwards
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)

Backs
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)