Daly, Itoje to travel to Murrayfield

Date published: February 2 2016

England Media Access

Elliot Daly and Maro Itoje will both travel as reserves for England up to Murrayfield for their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

England boss Eddie Jones has released eight players back to their clubs ahead of this Saturday’s game.

Jones has retained a squad of 25 for the week ahead, which includes Itoje (Saracens) and Daly (Wasps) who will travel to Edinburgh as reserves for the matchday squad of 23.

Earlier this week, Jones said he “cannot wait” for the game at Murrayfield and added he has been impressed by the attitude of his players in the short time he has spent with them at the Pennyhill Park training base.

“We’ve done some good work and I’ve been really impressed with the players attitude, effort and want to make England into a winning team,” he said.

“At this point we are moving in the right direction.”

Jones is also aware of the welcome awaiting his side north of the border but says he is ready for the challenge.

“I’ve only been there (Murayfield) with Australia and Japan, it’s always a tricky place, they are canny the Scots. They always have little tricks up there sleeve so we need to be well prepared for it.”

England squad to face Scotland:

Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Ollie Devoto (Bath), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Travelling reserves: Maro Itoje (Saracens), Elliot Daly (Wasps)

The eight players released back to their clubs:

Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).

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