Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations encounter this Sunday against Ireland after the Saracens prop travelled to Tonga due to "family reasons".
Eddie Jones named a 33-man squad for their third match of this year’s Six Nations, with Vunipola the notable omission.
With the loosehead prop unavailable and definitely out of this weekend’s Twickenham encounter, Bath’s Beno Obano is handed a recall to join Ellis Genge and Joe Marler in the squad, with the former pushing for his first Six Nations start against a side other than Italy.
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Courtney Lawes returns to the squad after being rested from last week’s training camp in Kensington, while both Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade remain in contention to return from injury, having continued their rehabilitation from groin and ankle issues last week.
England’s 33-man squad
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ben Earl (Saracens), 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), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Elliot Daly (Saracens), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jacob Umaga (Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)