2017 Six Nations Squads

2017 Six Nations Squads

Eddie Jones will name his squad on Friday, January 20.

Saracens boss Mak McCall has reiterated he expects Kruis to be fit when England host France on February 4 following a minor cheekbone fracture.

England head coach Eddie Jones on Monday rated Kruis as "borderline" for the France clash, but Saracens chief McCall feels Kruis could yet feature in Saturday's European clash with Toulon.

"George will definitely be available for England, and there's a slight chance he'll be available this weekend," said McCall of Kruis'fitness situation. "He'll go and see a consultant this evening, and hopefully we'll find out then. "He's not far away, so it's going to be that conversation and we'll be guided by the conversation. "George is able to train now, it's not an injury that's preventing him from training, though obviously he's not doing contact until he's given the all clear."

Jones's side will be without former captain Chris Robshaw for the entire Six Nations, after the Harlequins flanker underwent shoulder surgery. Billy Vunipola will miss at least the early rounds with knee trouble, while Wasps flanker James Haskell has only just recovered from concussion.

Props Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola are also injury doubts in further tests to England's resources, so Kruis's return would certainly ease the situation.

Six Nations squads

FRANCE

Forwards:

Atonio (La Rochelle), Baille (Stade Toulouse), Ben Arous (Racing 92), Boughanmi (La Rochelle), Le Devedec (Brive), Chat (Racing 92), Chouly (Clermont), Sanconnie (Brive), Slimani (Stade Francais), Maestri (Toulouse), Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles), Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guirado (Toulon), Picamoles (Northampton), Maynadier (Bordeaux-Begles), Iturria (Clermont), Vahaamahina (Clermont), Lakafia (Stade Francais).

Backs:

Fickou (Toulouse), David (Toulouse), Doussain (Toulouse), Camara (Stade Francais), Fofana (Clermont), Huget (Toulouse), Lopez (Clermont), Palis (Castres), Lamerat (Clermont), Machenaud (Racing 92), Nakaitaci (Clermont), Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), Spedding (Clermont), Vakatawa (contracted to FFR).

ITALY

Forwards:

Ceccarelli (Zebre), Chistolini (Zebre), Cittadini (Aviron Bayonnais), Lovotti (Zebre), Panico (Calvisano), D'Apice (Zebre), Gega (Treviso), Ghiraldini (Toulouse), Biagi (Zebre), Furno (Zebre), Fuser (Treviso), Ruzza (Zebre), Van Schalkwyk (Zebre), Barbini (Treviso), Favaro (Glasgow Warriors), Mbanda (Zebre), Minto (Treviso), Parisse (Stade Francais), Steyn (Treviso).

Backs:

Bronzini (Treviso), Gori (Treviso), Violi (Zebre), Allan (Treviso), Canna (Zebre), Benvenuti (Treviso), Boni (Zebre), Campagnaro (Exeter Chiefs), McLean (Treviso), Bisegni (Zebre), Esposito (Treviso), Venditti (Zebre), Padovani (Zebre).

SCOTLAND

Forwards:

Allan (Glasgow), Barclay (Scarlets), Berghan (Edinburgh), Brown (Glasgow), Dell (Edinburgh), Du Preez (Edinburgh), Fagerson (Glasgow), Ford (Edinburgh), Gilchrist (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow), R Gray (Toulouse), Hardie (Edinburgh), Harley (Glasgow), McInally (Edinburgh), Nel (Edinburgh), Reid (Glasgow), Strauss (Glasgow), Swinson (Glasgow), Toolis (Edinburgh), Watson (Edinburgh), Welsh (Newcastle), Wilson (Glasgow).

Backs:

Bennett (Glasgow), Dunbar (Glasgow), Hogg (Glasgow), Hoyland (Edinburgh), Jones (Stormers), Laidlaw (Gloucester), Maitland (Saracens), Price (Glasgow), Pyrgos (Glasgow), Russell (Glasgow), Scott (Gloucester), Seymour (Glasgow), Taylor (Saracens), Visser (Harlequins), Weir (Edinburgh).

WALES

Backs:

L Halfpenny (Toulon), L Williams (Scarlets), G North (Northampton), S Evans (Scarlets), A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), A Hewitt (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Williams (Scarlets), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Harlequins), O Williams (Leicester), S Davies (Ospreys), D Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets), R Webb (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets).

Forwards:

S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), N Smith (Ospreys), R Evans (Scarlets), R Jones (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), S Lee (Scarlets), K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), K Owens (Scarlets), S Baldwin (Ospreys), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), R Thornton (Ospreys), L Charteris (Bath), C HIll (Newport Gwent Dragons), J King (Ospreys), J Tipuric (Ospreys), O Cracknell (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester), T Faletau (Bath), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), T Young (Wasps).

Six Nations Fixtures

Betting  Odds

Winner

England 4/5 Ireland 5/2 Wales 6/1 France 11/1 Scotland 20/1 Italy 1000/1

Grand Slam

England 9/4 Ireland 6/1 Wales 16/1 France 40/1 Scotland 100/1 Italy 5000/1

Triple Crown

England 7/4 Ireland 4/1 Wales 13/2 Scotland 33/1

Wooden spoon

Italy 1/9 Scotland 8/1 France 14/1 Wales 33/1 Ireland 66/1 England 500/1

– Entry was posted on January 18th, 2017 by James Haskell

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