Number eight Billy Vunipola has been left out of new head coach Steve Borthwick's 36-man England Rugby team for the Six Nations. Other high-profile omissions include skilled wings Jonny May and Jack Nowell. Meanwhile, Borthwick has recalled 95-cap veteran prop Dan Cole, 35, who last played for the England Rugby team in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

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Northampton fly-half Fin Smith is one of five uncapped players in the squad. London Irish wing Ollie Hassell-Collins, Gloucester hooker George McGuigan, and Harlequins pair Cadan Murley and Jack Walker are the four other new caps.

"This is an exciting team, with a blend of Six Nations knowledge and young talent and includes players who are in superb form in the Premiership," Borthwick stated.

England Rugby team Six Nations squad

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, George

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