Sam Underhill released from England squad by Eddie Jones ahead of Six Nations Test against Ireland | Rugby Union News

Bath’s Sam Underhill will not clinch the first Test cap since the autumn as he is one of eight players released from England’s Six Nations squad before they face Ireland; Nic Dolly, Nick Isiekwe, Bevan Rodd, George Furbank, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Alex Mitchell, Luke Northmore are all out

Last update: 03/22/08 8:50 p.m.

Sam Underhill is one of eight players released from England’s Six Nations squad

England flanker Sam Underhill has been released from the squad preparing for the crucial Six Nations fixture with Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday, ending his hopes of a first cap since the Autumn Internationals following illness and a hip injury.

Underhill was named in a 36-man squad by manager Eddie Jones on Sunday but was released along with eight others on Tuesday as England step up preparations for the must-see game.

In total, hooker Nic Dolly, second row Nick Isiekwe, loose prop Bevan Rodd, Underhill, full-back George Furbank, winger Ollie Hassell-Collins, scrum-half Alex Mitchell and center Luke Northmore all were released on Tuesday.

Underhill has not been part of England's Six Nations campaign this year so far

Underhill has not been part of England’s Six Nations campaign this year so far

Underhill’s release could mean Jones is confident Tom Curry will successfully negotiate his return-to-play protocols after suffering a concussion in the 23-19 win over Wales on February 27.

No.8 Alex Dombrandt was retained after returning a positive Covid test last Friday, with Jones keen to give him every chance to be ready having been impressive in the Championship so far.

Curry is still not fit to train after his concussion, while Dombrandt won’t be able to join the team until Thursday at the earliest.

“He [Dombrandt] has to do all the heart tests and then we’ll see on Thursday if he can train and participate in training at the necessary level,” Jones told the media this week.

“And if so, he has a chance to play against Ireland.”

Englishman Alex Dombrandt tested positive for Covid this week

Englishman Alex Dombrandt tested positive for Covid this week

Winger Louis Lynagh pulled out of the squad earlier in the week after also testing positive for Covid, while Orlando Bailey has also dropped out but will remain at camp to train with the squad.

England need a win on Saturday to set up a potential Championship decider with France in their final game in Paris on March 19.

The new English team of 26 players

Forwards: Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped), Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps), Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 39 caps), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 7 caps), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 29 caps), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 64 caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 54 caps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps , 69 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 91 caps), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 77 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 50 caps), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 18 caps)

Back: Elliot Daly (Saracens, 55 caps), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps), Max Malins (Saracens, 13 caps), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 10 caps), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps), Harry Randall ( Bristol Bears, 4 caps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 46 caps), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 8 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 115 caps).

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