EDDIE JONES has named three uncapped players for his England Six Nations squad.
Saracens star Alex Lozowski, Leicester Tigers flanker Mike Williams and Bath prop Nathan Catt are all in.
Tigers prop Ellis Genge has also come back and Maro Itoje, James Haskell, Anthony Watson, Jack Nowell and Jack Clifford all return after missing the autumn internationals.
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Jones said: “This time last year I said that the long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby.
“Obviously I’ve been pleased with how the team’s progressing, but there’s still plenty to improve on. We always want to get better, every training session, every game.
“I’ve been impressed with the three uncapped players named in the squad. They’re all guys who have great physical capabilities and they all have a desire to improve. With a number of injuries to some key players it’s a great opportunity for them.
“It’s good to welcome back a number of players who weren’t with us during the autumn. Maro Itoje has done well for his club as has Jack Nowell. James Haskell was magnificent for England last year and is a fierce player.
“Anthony Watson has been a fine player for England and is one the most prolific try scorers for the number of Tests he has played. We are looking forward to those guys coming in and challenging for a spot and adding strength.
“At the start of last year’s Six Nations I probably didn’t realise the enormity of the tournament and how intense the rivalry is between the countries, so this year we’ll be better prepared for it and we are looking forward to being daring in our game against France on 4 February.”
As SunSport told you this week, Jones has also hired visual awareness coach Dr Sherylle Calder who worked with the 2003 World Cup side.
Jones added: “This year is about building really strong foundations for the team and making sure our fundamental skills are improving.”
“Part of that is hand-eye co-ordination and our ability to handle the ball adroitly – Dr Sherylle Calder is an expert in that field.
“She has won two gold medals, 2003 with England and 2007 with South Africa, I used her extensively when I coached in Japan and had success with her then. I think she is really going to add an edge to the players’ preparation.”
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