Jonathan Joseph returns to England squad

Date published: January 22 2019

Centre Jonathan Joseph, who has 40 caps for his country, has been added to the England squad having proved his fitness at the weekend playing for club side Bath.

The talented midfielder has been out of action since last April after suffering an ankle injury, but returned to action against Toulouse on Sunday.

Todd Blackadder’s men succumbed 20-17 to Les Rouge et Noir, but Joseph did enough to force his way back into Eddie Jones’ plans for the upcoming Six Nations.

A match day squad of 25 will travel to Dublin on Thursday 31 January for the clash at the Aviva Stadium.

The squad includes four uncapped players with Ben Earl, Jack Singleton, Dan Robson and Ollie Thorley all named.

36-man England squad for Ireland Test

Forwards: Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Moon, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson

Backs: Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Ollie Thorley, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs

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