With a week off from the Six Nations, England head coach as decided to engage the help of what he considers the worlds “Ugliest, strongest pack” as the England forwards prepare for two days of training with the Georgian’s as they have flown to England on the invitation of the RFU.
With the majority of the Georgian pack competing in the French top 14, their power in the scrum and maul is renowned through out world rugby, with England captain Dylan Hartley describing the experience for facing them as:
“Every scrum has to be intense or you get folded up like a travel map stuffed in your back pocket.”
With two wins from two games in this years Six Nations, but still to face Ireland, Scotland and France the english will spend Today (Tuesday) and Wednesday practicing scrums and lineouts against the Georgian man mountains.
Also, to do with the England pack, Head coach Eddie Jones has given British and Irish Lions test prop forward Joe Marler a “stern warning” regarding his discipline as the Harlequins prop forward has been suspended for 4 off England’s games this season including the first two six nations games.
Marler was handed a 6 week ban in January, but is available for the next Six Nations game the Calcutta cup against Scotland at Murrayfield and has been included in England’s 32 man squad along with flanker James Haskell who also returns from Suspension and number 8 Nathan Hughes who has recovered from injury and will replace Exeter Chief number 8 Sam Simmonds who is injured.
Also included as Apprentice players are Sales England U20’s player Sam Moore, the son of ex welsh lock forward Steve Moore and winger Gabriel Ibitoye. Both the 19 year olds have starred in the U20’s so far this season and Jones believes spending time with the full squad will benefit them both in the future.
- Joe Marler retires from International rugby at 28 years old.
- Haskell, Marler and Hughes all back for England
- England training squad annouced ahead of the Calcutta Cup
- Ben Young ruled out of the Six Nations as Engalnd name 32 man squad for Wales
- England make sweeping chances ahead of final Six Nations clash