Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler withdrawn from England's Six Nations squad

Joe Marler has a stress fracture in his leg
Joe Marler has a stress fracture in his leg

England have suffered a double blow ahead of the Six Nations tournament with Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury withdrawn from the squad.

Marler pulled out of the squad due to personal reasons while Launchbury sustained a stress fracture on his leg while playing for his club Wasps.

Bath lock Charlie Ewels and Wasps loose-head Tom West have been added to the squad ahead of their tournament opening game against Scotland on 6th February.

"Always grateful for the opportunity so not an easy decision, but want to do right by my family in these crazy times and won't be meeting up with the squad for this tournament," Marler said in a Tweet.

"Look forward to watching the team rip in. Go well."

England's 28-man squad:

Backs: Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Max Malins, Jonny May, Paolo Odogwu, Henry Slade, Ollie Lawrence, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Dan Robson, Harry Randall.

Forwards: Beno Obano, Ellis Genge, Tom West, Will Stuart, Harry Williams, Jamie George, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Maro Itoje, Charlie Ewels, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson, Billy Vunipola, Ben Earl.

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