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Itoje, Robshaw named in England Six Nations squad

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FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - England vs Ireland - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - March 17, 2018 England’s Maro Itoje and team mates look dejected at the end of the match. Reuters/Andrew Boyers

LONDON (Reuters) – England lock Maro Itoje and flanker Chris Robshaw have been called up to the training squad by coach Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

Itoje, who sustained medial ligament damage during England’s 32-20 win over holders Ireland in their opening game, had his recovery fast-tracked after Courtney Lawes was ruled out of the tournament due to a calf strain.

Centre Jonathan Joseph, who has 40 caps, was also called up along with uncapped winger Ollie Thorley and number eight Ben Earl.

England are second in the Championship, two points behind Wales who beat Jones’s side 21-13 in Cardiff last month.

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