Ollie Lawrence named in England’s Six Nations squad

Warriors centre Ollie Lawrence has been named in England’s 28-strong squad for the forthcoming Guinness Six Nations.

Lawrence made his England debut as a replacement in the final Six Nations match of last season against Italy in Rome last October and then started in the first two matches of the new Autumn Nations Cup, victories over Georgia and Ireland at Twickenham.

A minor hip injury ruled Lawrence out of the remainder of that competition but he returned to action with Warriors last month and celebrated with a try in the European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Ospreys at Sixways.

Lawrence will remain with the England squad for the duration of the Six Nations as England Head Coach Eddie Jones seeks to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 with players coming in and out of camp.

“This has been a really tough squad to pick and I know there are a lot of disappointed players who haven’t been selected,” Jones said.

“We’re really excited by the players we have got, it’s a very vibrant squad and we are looking forward to getting started next week.

“We’re very grateful to Premiership Rugby, the clubs and the RPA for allowing us to have 28 players throughout the tournament, we’re very happy with the number and it’s testament to the growing relationships between all parties.

“Ultimately our goal is to win the Six Nations and to do that we’ll need to work hard, prepare well each day and take it as it comes.”

England open their defence of their Six Nations crown against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday February 6 (kick-off 4.45pm) and the host Italy on February 13 before an away match against Wales on February 27.

England return to Twickenham to play France on March 13 before completing their campaign against Ireland in Dublin on March 20.