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Mark Wilson recalled for England Six Nations training camp ahead of Wales clash

Anthony Watson returns following calf injury; Luke Cowan-Dickie and Mako Vunipola absent for family reasons; Jamie George says it is business as usual

England forward Mark Wilson
Image: Mark Wilson has been recalled to the England squad for the first time since the World Cup

Eddie Jones has recalled forward Mark Wilson to England's 25-man training squad ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales.

The Sale Sharks back row could provide Jones with an alternative option to Tom Curry at No 8, with the flanker having been deployed out of his usual position for England's opening three games of the tournament.

Anthony Watson makes an expected return for the three-day camp in Oxford, as he bids to prove his fitness following a calf injury that has prevented him from appearing in the tournament so far.

Anthony Watson
Image: Anthony Watson could make his first appearance of the Six Nations following a calf injury

Prop Mako Vunipola and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie are both missing from the group for family reasons.

Vunipola has returned to Tonga for an unspecified length of time and is a major doubt for England's match against Wales at Twickenham on March 7.

Cowan-Dickie, who scored a try in England's victory over Ireland on Sunday, has been limited to two superb replacement appearances in this tournament because of the premature birth of his son.

England's Luke Cowan-Dickie is tackled by Ireland's Jacob Stockdale
Image: Luke Cowan-Dickie is absent for personal reasons following his try-scoring display against Ireland

Rookie full-back George Furbank is in camp to continue his rehabilitation from the groin problem that forced him to miss last weekend's 24-12 victory over Ireland, while apprentice Alex Mitchell of Northampton has also joined up with the squad.

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Wilson returns having proved his fitness with two Premiership outings for Sale following knee surgery, and provides another back row option as Billy Vunipola remains out with a broken arm.

The 30-year-old started four of England's five Six Nations matches last year, but was limited to just three replacement appearances at the World Cup as Jones favoured Vunipola at number eight, flanked by Curry and Sam Underhill.

England hooker Jamie George, meanwhile, insists it is business as usual ahead of the Wales clash.

George, who was speaking at a camp in Oxford where four rugby clubs were invited to train with the England team, says Wales will hold no surprises despite coach Wayne Pivac being relatively new into the role.

"I think there's probably enough footage on them now about what they're trying to get out of the game," George told Sky Sports News.

"I'd say nowadays 90 per cent of what we look at is internally and making sure that we're in the best place we possibly can be.

"Obviously you have got to look at the set piece and there might be a few things in terms of how they attack, but the importance of what this week is about is making sure that we get better and we put ourselves in the best place we can."

England hooker Jamie George
Image: England hooker Jamie George says the players will prepare as usual for the Wales game despite ongoing coronavirus fears

Amid growing fears about the potential for coronavirus to impact this season's Six Nations, George insists the players have complete trust in the backroom team to notify them of any risks and will not alter their preparations unless they are told otherwise.

It comes after Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris called for Ireland's game with Italy in Dublin next month to be postponed because of coronavirus fears. England's final game of the Six Nations is away to Italy on March 14.

"At the minute we're not being told too much about it," said George about the threat of postponements with two games left to play.

"The thing that we can do as players is take a huge amount of confidence in that we've got probably the best backroom staff around and we'll be told as and when we need to know anything.

"As far as we're aware, unless something else happens the game against Wales is going ahead and that's something we are hugely excited about."

Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks)

Backs: Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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