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England trio retained after Italy victory

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Leicester Tigers trio Freddie Steward, Ollie Chessum and Dan Cole have been retained in England’s side that takes on Wales at Twickenham Stadium this Saturday, 4:45pm.

The academy graduates got their Guinness Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Italy last week and will face off with their Leicester brother, Tommy Reffell who starts for Wales.

Chessum earns his 20th England cap and starts in the second row with Steward at fullback. Cole will once again come off the bench.


15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)

14. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)

13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 58 caps)

12. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 65 caps)

10. George Ford (Sale Sharks, 92 caps) – vice captain

9. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 89 caps)

2. Jamie George (Saracens, 86 caps) – captain  

3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 77 caps) – vice captain   

5. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)

6. Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)

7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 31 caps)

8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 26 caps)



16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 8 caps)

17. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 58 caps) – vice captain   

18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 108 caps)

19. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)

20. Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, 1 cap)

21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 97 caps) 

22. Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

23. Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)