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6N: England Summon Flanker Willis After Underhill Injured

6N: England Summon Flanker Willis After Underhill Injured

England summoned flanker Jack Willis after Sam Underhill withdrew from their Six Nations squad because of a hip injury on Tuesday.

LONDON: England summoned flanker Jack Willis after Sam Underhill withdrew from their Six Nations squad because of a hip injury on Tuesday.

Underhill would have started the opening fixture on Feb. 6 against Scotland at Twickenham but he could miss the entire tournament.

Willis made his debut in the Autumn Nations Cup last autumn.

Underhill’s injury came a day after prop Joe Marler pulled out of the 28-man squad to be with his family during the coronavirus pandemic and lock Joe Launchbury learned he would sit out the first three rounds with a broken leg.

Willis was promoted from England’s 12-man shadow squad, and will compete with Ben Earl and Mark Wilson for the vacancy created by Underhill’s absence.

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