Six Nations

England get triple fitness boost ahead of Six Nations

2018-01-30 18:58
Mike Brown (Getty)

London - England boss Eddie Jones has received a major boost ahead of the Six Nations opener against Italy after three of his star players were passed fit.

Flanker Chris Robshaw is available after a back problem, lock Maro Itoje has recovered from his hip injury and fullback Mike Brown has shaken off blurred vision.

All three have returned to training and have been given the all-clear for England's Six Nations opener at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

"We've had some miracles. There have been some great recoveries because of the fantastic work from the medical and strength and conditioning staff," Jones said on Tuesday.

"All of them (Robshaw, Itoje, Brown) have returned. We did some stuff yesterday (Monday) and they all came through really well."

Only Zach Mercer has dropped out of contention for the starting line-up due to a viral infection.

With Mercer out, Sam Simmonds is in pole position to start in Rome in the absence of the injured Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes.

"Mercer is doing okay but he's still got a lot of work to do. Physically he's got a lot of work to do," Jones said.

"You put him next to James Haskell and you can see the physical work he's got to do to be a Test player.

"He has other attributes and he's doing well, but he's got to get stronger. We play a very physical game and you need physical strength to play it well."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 23 February 2018
France v Italy, Stade Velodrome 22:00
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium 16:15
Scotland v England, Murrayfield 18:45
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium 16:15
France v England, Stade de France 18:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will win the 2018 Six Nations title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.