England have suffered a setback ahead of their Guinness Six Nations title defence after Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler were forced to withdraw from the squad.
Launchbury has been ruled out by a broken leg with his club Wasps hoping he will recover in time for the final two rounds of the Championship, while Marler has pulled out for personal reasons.
Charlie Ewels and Tom West have filled the vacancies in the squad at lock and prop.
Squad update Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler have withdrawn from the squad for the #GuinnessSixNations
Charlie Ewels and uncapped Tom West will join up with the squad. More details on our website ⤵️
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 25, 2021
Eddie Jones’ squad is due to meet up at St George’s Park on Wednesday to begin preparations for the tournament.