Joe Launchbury selected in England's Six Nations squad

Wasps club captain Joe Launchbury is part of the 35-strong squad announced by England boss Eddie Jones for the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on Sunday February 4.

Launchbury is one of five second rows selected, along with Saracens' Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Nick Isiekwe plus Northampton's Courtney Lawes.

If selected to face the Azurri Launchbury will win his 48th cap.

Clubmates Nathan Hughes, Elliot Daly and Matt Mullan have not been considered due to injury, while James Haskell is suspended until February 12.

Following this weekend’s club fixtures, the selected players travel to Portugal for a week-long training camp before reconvening at Pennyhill Park ahead of the tournament opener.
 
Jones has selected eight uncapped players while there are 898 caps between the other 27 players in the squad.
 
Eddie Jones said:

“I have selected the strongest available squad to prepare for our opening match against Italy. It is important we start the tournament well and we will spend the next two weeks training smart and really fine-tuning our game plan for the Italy match next month.
 
“I am expecting a really positive training camp in Portugal and while we have a few players unavailable through injury or suspension, it has provided opportunity for others who will be desperate to be involved in the Italy game.”



Backs
 
Outside backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens) *
Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) *
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
 
Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins) * **
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
 
Forwards
 
Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)  
Maro Itoje (Saracens)  
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) *
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
 
Front row
Lewis Boyce (Harlequins) *
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) *
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Players unavailable
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Will Spencer (Worcester Warriors)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Uncapped *
Apprentice player **