After making his senior debut against Scotland, London Irish wing Ollie Hassell-Collins has been retained in Steve Borthwick’s England squad this week, with Henry Arundell being brought into the international fold.
The London Irish Academy graduates will be part of Borthwick’s preparations ahead of the visit of Italy in the second round of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championship this Sunday.
England opened their account in 2023 with a tight loss at home to Scotland, Irish’s Ben White dotting down for one of four tries for Gregor Townsend’s men to finish 29-23.
On his debut, Hassell-Collins kicked 110 metres, made two tackles and broke one, with 91 metres made with ball in hand through 64 minutes of game time.
The 24-year-old’s international recognition comes off the back of an excellent showing in the opening half of the season for Irish, being the second highest try scorer in the Premiership as well as ranking in the top five in defenders beaten, line breaks, metres and offloads.
Arundell, recently returning from a three-month spell on the sidelines, made his first appearance of 2023 as a replacement in a derby day victory over Harlequins at the end of January.
He earned his first three caps for his country at senior level last summer under Eddie Jones when England toured Australia, scoring on his debut before earning another run-out in the 2-1 series win.
England resume their Six Nations campaign this Sunday (12th) at Twickenham Stadium, kicking-off at 3pm and the match will be televised live on ITV.