X

Tuesday 21
May

Rugby Union

England duo in race to face Azzurri

6th March 2019, 00:25 by Michael Holland

Maro Itoje and Jack Nowell face a battle to make England's Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday as they recover from injury.

Itoje has suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that has seen him sit out the last two matches, while Nowell picked up a shoulder injury in the 21-13 defeat against Wales last time out.

Head coach Eddie Jones will assess the duo in the build up to the Twickenham clash before making a decision later in the week.

Meanwhile, scrum-half Dan Robson is being tipped to make his first Test start against Italy after being an unused replacement against both Ireland and Wales.

"It's about not trying too hard. I've just got to go out there and do what I have been doing," he told BBC Sport.

"My form has got me into this position, and I've got to back myself with that, and have the confidence that that is good enough.

"It's about going out there and playing my game, really enjoying it, and taking it all in."

Elsehwere, Jones is expected to name lock Charlie Ewels and uncapped wing Ollie Thorley as cover in a 27-man squad ahead of the meeting with the Azzurri.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

Leinster rocked by Toner blow

20th May 2019, 13:39

Leinster have been hit by the news Ireland lock Devin Toner will be missing for Saturday's Pro 14 final with Glasgow.

Rugby Union

Botha deal delights Kidney

20th May 2019, 13:20

London Irish chief Declan Kidney has revealed his delight after the Exiles secured the services of Sharks forward Ruan Botha.

Rugby Union

Hansen plays down Williams concerns

20th May 2019, 10:02

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen claims Sonny Bill Williams only needs to prove his fitness to be considered for a World Cup spot.

Rugby Union

Traynor announces plans to retire

19th May 2019, 15:53

Gloucester prop Kyle Traynor has announced that he will call time on his career at the end of the Premiership season.

Rugby Union

Hartley comeback hopes for Saints

19th May 2019, 13:15

Dylan Hartley could return from a long-term knee injury in Northampton's Premiership play-off semi-final at Exeter next Saturday.

Rugby Union

Price can’t wait for Pro 14 final

18th May 2019, 18:07

Glasgow Warriors scrum half Ali Price says the fans must make the Pro 14 final against Leinster a special occasion.

Recent Sport Headlines

Crystal Palace

Palace duo set for exits

21st May 2019, 12:12

Crystal Palace duo Pape Souare and Bakary Sako are set to leave the club next month when their contracts expire.

Manchester United

Rojo given £6m price tag

21st May 2019, 12:11

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo could be allowed to leave for as little as £6m to return to Argentina with Estudiantes.

West Ham United

West Ham hand Powell new contract

21st May 2019, 12:09

West Ham midfielder Joe Powell has signed a new contract at the Olympic Stadium to the summer of 2020.

Utrecht

Utrecht plot Ajax raid for Cerny

21st May 2019, 11:56

FC Utrecht are reportedly set to raid Eredivisie rivals Ajax for the signature of winger Vaclav Cerny.

Boxing

Fury reveals Wilder rematch plan

21st May 2019, 11:54

Tyson Fury claims he is looking at March or April of next year for a possible rematch against Deontay Wilder.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund sign Schulz

21st May 2019, 11:40

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Nico Schulz from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim for a reported fee of £22million.

Horse Racing

Appleby undecided over Duty's Derby outing

21st May 2019, 11:39

Charlie Appleby is doubtful that Line Of Duty is suitable for the Investec Derby but he has yet to make a firm decision on racing him.

Horse Racing

Connections wait on Frankellina Oaks decision

21st May 2019, 11:38

Connections of Frankellina will wait until the weekend before deciding if she will participate in the Investec Oaks on May 31.