England’s chances of retaining the Six Nations trophy were given a shot in the arm yesterday with the news that full back Mike Brown along with Back rowers, Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw had all returned to full training ahead of England’s opening game against Italy at the weekend.
All three were expected to miss at least the opening game, however, England head coach Eddie Jones was more than happy to announce that all three had trained with the full squad yesterday.
Speaking to BBC sport, Jones stated “Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week's recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to fill training today,” Jones told BBC Sport.
“All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23.”
Full Back brown had expected to miss the game due to an eye injury, which was affecting his vision while Robshaw has been struggling with a back complaint for several weeks.
With England already below strength in the pack, news that International player of the year nominee Maro Itoje is available is a massive boost, as the Saracens forward picked up a hip problem only two games into his comeback from braking his jaw in two places during a club match in December. This now means that from the 34 man squad named last week the only player struggling to be fit for Sundays game is newcomer Zach Mercer. The Bath second row forward has been unable to train over the past day or two due to a viral infection
Another player who was expected to miss at least the opening two games of this years Championship with Ankle ligament damage, was winger Jack Nowell but after making what Jones said was “a miraculous recovery from injury” he the Lions tourist is likely to also feature in Sundays game. England’s first match against Italy will be played in Rome on Sunday February 4th.