George Ford is recalled by England to replace injured captain Owen Farrell ahead of Six Nations

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EXCLUSIVE: George Ford is recalled by England to replace injured captain Owen Farrell as Eddie Jones’ side prepare for Six Nations campaign

  • Fly-half George Ford has been brought back in by England coach Eddie Jones
  • The 77-cap star was originally left out despite being in good form for Leicester 
  • Owen Farrell suffered a training-ground injury and may miss the Six Nations 


George Ford has been recalled by England to fill the void left by Owen Farrell’s injury setback – and will join up with the national squad for their training camp in Brighton this week.

The 28-year-old Leicester fly-half has been widely heralded as the form No 10 in the country this season, but he was not picked by Eddie Jones for the autumn Tests at Twickenham.

The head coach also omitted him last week when he named 36 players to prepare for the Six Nations. 

George Ford has been recalled by England ahead of their upcoming Six Nations campaign

George Ford has been recalled by England ahead of their upcoming Six Nations campaign

The 77-cap, very experienced fly-half Ford was originally left out by England boss Eddie Jones

The 77-cap, very experienced fly-half Ford was originally left out by England boss Eddie Jones

While there was no place for Ford, Bath rookie Orlando Bailey was included, along with Marcus Smith – England’s primary playmaker during the successful November campaign.

However, there has been a dramatic twist, following the news that Red Rose captain Farrell has suffered a training-ground injury at Saracens. 

With the Test centurion in danger of missing the entire championship after apparently damaging his right ankle, Ford has been handed a chance to revive his international career.

The decision comes as captain Owen Farrell (pictured) is injured and may miss the tournament

The decision comes as captain Owen Farrell (pictured) is injured and may miss the tournament

Sportsmail understands the 77-cap veteran has been summoned to the camp in Brighton and his return is expected to be officially confirmed by the RFU on Monday. 

England also need to name a stand-in captain and Courtney Lawes is expected to fulfil that role, as he did so impressively during autumn victories over Tonga and South Africa.

While Ford’s presence will create competition for Smith, the Quins prodigy remains destined to wear the England No 10 shirt for the Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 5. 

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