Jamie George to Captain England in Six Nations as Owen Farrell opts out for wellbeing

Posted : 17 January 2024

Hooker Jamie George has been appointed as the captain for England's upcoming Six Nations campaign in the absence of Owen Farrell, who opted out to prioritize mental wellbeing. Notable omissions from the squad include number eight Billy Vunipola and prop Kyle Sinckler.

 

The squad sees the return of centre Henry Slade and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, who missed out on the Rugby World Cup. Additionally, seven uncapped players, including Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, have been included in the squad.

 

Uncapped Exeter Chiefs wing Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, born and raised in Cardiff, is among the new faces in the squad, along with Chandler Cunningham-South, Ethan Roots, Oscar Beard, Fraser Dingwall, Tom Roebuck, and Fin Smith.

 

The absence of Farrell has opened up opportunities in the stand-off position, with 21-year-old Northampton fly-half Fin Smith joining George Ford and Marcus Smith as the options. Henry Slade, who was surprisingly omitted from the World Cup squad, makes a return, and Luke Cowan-Dickie, who missed the tournament due to injury, is also back.

 

England's squad, assembled by coach Steve Borthwick, aims to build on the foundation set during the World Cup. The selection combines experience and continuity while providing opportunities for the development of new and less experienced players.

 

Ben Spencer, who last played for England in the 2019 World Cup final, returns to the squad based on his impressive performances for Bath. The squad is poised to face the challenges of the Six Nations tournament with a blend of seasoned players and emerging talent.

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