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England Six Nations squad: Roots and Dingwall start on debut v Italy


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Flanker Ethan Roots and inside-centre Fraser Dingwall will make their international debuts against Italy after being named to start by Steve Borthwick in the England Six Nations squad for their opening fixture.

Exeter Chiefs bruiser Roots, who previously represented the New Zealand Maori but has a father born in Reading, has impressed for Rob Baxter’s side this season and is rewarded with the No 6 jersey.

Read more: England Six Nations fixtures

Roots’s club-mate Henry Slade returns at 13 where he will be partnered by Northampton Saint Dingwall who finally wins a spot in the matchday 23 after being called up to ten wider training squads without winning a senior cap.

Joe Marler packs down at loosehead with Ellis Genge on the bench while Harlequins back-row Chandler Cunningham-South and Chiefs’ Wales-born speedster Immanuel Feyi-Waboso are also set to win their first caps after being named among the replacements.

Alex Mitchell has passed a fitness test to start at nine where he will be partnered by the experienced George Ford, with Saints No 10 Fin Smith set for his debut later in the game after namesake Marcus Smith was ruled out with a calf injury sustained during the training camp in Girona .

England team to play Italy in Six Nations Round One

Starting XV: Freddie Steward, Tommy Freeman, Henry Slade, Fraser Dingwall, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Alex Mitchell; Joe Marler, Jamie George (captain), Will Stuart, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Ethan Roots, Sam Underhill, Ben Earl

Replacements: Theo Dan, Ellis Genge, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Chandler Cunningham-South, Danny Care, Fin Smith, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

England Six Nations squad 2024


Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 7 caps)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 107 caps)
Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)
Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, uncapped)
Ben Curry (Sale Sharks, 5 caps)
Theo Dan (Saracens, 7 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 15 caps)
Ben Earl (Saracens, 25 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 58 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 85 caps) – captain
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 76 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 88 caps)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
Tom Pearson (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 33 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)

Rehabilitation: George Martin (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks) Anthony Watson (Leicester Tigers), Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers).


Danny Care (Harlequins, 96 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 64 caps)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
George Ford (Sale Sharks, 91 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 11 caps)
Will Muir (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 57 caps)
Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 30 caps)
Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)

England Six Nations Fixtures 2024

(All kick-off times are GMT)

Round 1

Sat 3 Feb, Italy v England – Stadio Olimpico, 2.15pm

Round 2

Sat 10 Feb, England v Wales – Twickenham Stadium, 4.45pm

Round 3

Sat 24 Feb, Scotland v England – Scottish Gas Murrayfield, 4.45pm

Round 4

Sat 9 Mar, England v Ireland – Twickenham Stadium, 4.45pm

Round 5

Sat 16 Mar, France v England – Parc OL, 8pm

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