The England Elite Player Squad is the pinnacle of English rugby. Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, assisted by Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt, has put his stamp on the squad and opened the gates to an influx of young talent. In the upcoming RBS 6 Nations, England will be out to improve on their second-place finish in last season's competition.
Injuries to Christian Wade, Marland Yarde, Tom Croft, Manu Tuilagi, Geoff Parling, Ben Foden, Alex Corbisiero and David Wilson means they are replaced in the RBS 6 Nations training squad by Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Tom Johnson, Luther Burrell, Ed Slater, Anthony Watson and Matt Mullan. In addition, Stephen Myler, Rob Webber and Richard Wigglesworth will train with the party to bolster the numbers to 35.
England open the RBS 6 Nations on February 1 at 5pm GMT.
Missing only one of England’s past 41 Tests before the 2013 summer tour of South America reflects the impact that Dan Cole has made since his debut in the victory over Wales at Twickenham in 2010. A greater triumph followed in the 21-20 defeat of Australia at Sydney that June when he completed a formidable performance despite suffering a cut and badly swollen left eye.
Sharing in England's Uunder 20 Six Nations Grand Slam in March 2011 was the forerunner to Joe Launchbury's first England cap 20 months later, off the bench in the QBE International against Fiji at Twickenham.
It has taken Owen Farrell precious little time to impress with his game management and goal-kicking prowess for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership and in European competition. Six years ago, he became the youngest player at the time to make his debut in the professional game.
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