Robshaw, Brown and Nowell provide fitness boost for England

England have been handed a triple fitness boost ahead of their Six Nations opener against Italy after Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell were all declared fit.

Flanker Robshaw has been struggling with a back issue, while full-back Brown was contending with blurred vision.

Speaking at the Six Nations launch last week, head coach Eddie Jones described both players as "borderline" for the trip to Rome on February 4.

However, the Australian provided a more optimistic assessment on Tuesday.

"Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week's recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to full training," Jones told BBC Sport.

"All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23."

Nowell had been expected to miss a few weeks of action with an ankle injury, but the winger is well ahead of schedule.

Jones added: "Jack Nowell has made a miraculous recovery from injury, and he will be fit to be in contention for selection."


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